Dead Body of Worker Exposed to Public After Tarp Falls From Hard Rock Collapse Site in New Orleans
A worker's dead body is exposed at the Hard Rock collapse site in New Orleans.
WWLTV reports that the body was exposed after a tarp fell due to a shift in the wind. The City of New Orleans is aware of the issue and says they "may not be able to cover the body again any time soon" but are asking residents to refrain from taking photos of the remains, which are clearly visible from the street.
A tarp put in place to conceal the remains of one of the victims of the Hard Rock collapse has been shifted by the wind. The condition of the building and the altitude above street level complicate efforts to replace the tarp, as they have prevented recovery thus far.
A disturbing image was posted on Facebook with a circle highlighting a pair of human legs with a caption noting that the authorities had been contacted. As the image circulated on social media, the outrage began to grow.
The Hard Rock collapse site was once a hopeful corner at Canal and Rampart, set to possibly open in time for Mardi Gras. Instead, progress on the unfinished building was halted on October 12, 2019 when the structure partially collapsed killing three people and injuring dozens of others.
The bodies of two workers, 63-year-old Jose Ponce Arreola and 36-year-old Quinnyon Wimberly, are trapped inside and cannot be recovered safely ahead of the planned demolition.
Even though there is no time table as to when the body will be recovered (or at least covered up again?) The City of New Orleans is asking residents to refrain from taking photos of the exposed remains.
Capturing or sharing images of the victims in such a condition is irresponsible, it is indefensible, and it is not who we are as New Orleanians
According to reports a controlled implosion of the building's remains is set for this spring around "mid-to-late March."