RCMP confirms five people dead in crane accident in Kelowna

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Another crane has fallen and this time it’s fatal.

A crane collapsed at the Brooklyn construction site, which is lead by real estate developer Mission Group. The crane crashed into several buildings on Monday around Bernard Avenue, Bertram Street, and St. Paul Street were all damaged.

In a statement from the RCMP, “At this time, we can confirm that four people have died as a result of this incident, states Inspector Adam MacIntosh of the Kelowna RCMP. All four were men who were working at the site when the crane collapsed. Their bodies have been recovered and their families have been notified.”

A fifth man, who was working in an adjacent building, is missing and believed to be buried under the rubble. The RCMP also confirmed that one person who was sent to the hospital has been released.

Mission Group’s statement, said “we would like to express our gratitude to Kelowna’s emergency service crews. Their timely and professional response to rescue and treat those impacted made a very meaningful difference. Mission Group will continue to work with all investigators and authorities. Any further details or updates we can provide will be limited while the RCMP, the BC Coroners Service and WorkSafeBC conduct their investigations,” they added.

An investigation is currently underway by WorkSafeBC, the BC Coroners Service, and Kelowna RCMP.

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