Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced Monday that a grand jury will investigate the fatal building collapse in Philadelphia. This investigation will seek to determine whether anyone besides a crane operator, Sean Benschop will face criminal charges. Authorities charged Benschop with six counts of involuntary manslaughter, 13 counts of recklessly endangering another person,…
Philadelphia Building Collapse
And the first lawsuit has been filed in the Philadelphia building collapse. That lawsuit on behalf of Nadine White refers to the cause of the collapse as “an entirely preventable tragedy that resulted from gross recklessness.” Ms. White was buried in rubble but survived.
City officials have begun inspecting demolition sites around the city.
It is a tragedy that brings to mind the collapse of Philadelphia’s Pier 34 in 2000 and the collapse of a parking garage in the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City three years later.
Six fatalities and 14 injuries are now confirmed. A 61 year old woman, Myra Plekam, was pulled alive out of the rubble 13 hours after the collapse. “That’s why we stay the course,” Ayers said. “This person…