Probe into crane collapse in Kelowna begins

The crane collapsed in the downtown core on the morning of July 12 during a dismantling process. RCMP has confirmed at least one death.

Kelowna Mounties are confirming at least one person died as a result of a crane collapse in the downtown core of the Okanagan city on Monday (July 12).

It is believed there were a number of injuries when the yellow crane toppled at about 11 a.m.

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Several buildings in the area of Bernard Avenue, Bertrand Street and St. Paul Street were damaged, prompting evacuation orders for much of the area. The City of Kelowna has declared a local state of emergency.

A notice banning aircraft including drones in the area has also been issued.

The BC Coroners Service and WorkSafeBC will be conducting their own investigations into the incident.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan has activated its emergency operations centre and an evacuation order has been issued for a number of addresses in the area.

The incident site, near the corner of St. Paul and Bernard, remains “unsafe and unstable,” according to a news release from the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre.

Roads and sidewalks in the area are closed and residents and visitors are asked to stay out of the area.

Mission Group issued a statement in response to the “catastrophic” crane incident that happened earlier today. The crane fell during the dismantling process at the construction site of its new Brooklyn building, the statement reads.

“We continue to work closely with emergency responders to assess the situation,” writes Mission Group in an emailed statement to Kelowna Capital News.

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