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Crane operator dies after hotel construction accident on Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — UPDATED: One person has died in a construction accident after a jib crane collapsed at the Majéstic México Hotel site on Isla Blanca.

The collapse of the crane killed one and left several injured at noon Thursday when someone called Emergency 911 for help. Reports say emergency rescue personnel and ambulance staff were made to wait more than 20 minutes outside the site after being refused entry to keep the news of the accident in-house.

However once inside, they found one of the two on-site jib cranes had collapsed, falling over, injuring workers in its path.

The exact number of injured are not known, however the deceased has been identified as 32-year-old Julio C.C.M. who was the operator of the crane.

Officials of the Directorate of Civil Protection also arrived at the construction site to investigate the reason for the collapse of the metal structure as well as question why access to rescuers was denied.

UPDATE: Civil Protection and Urban Development Directorates of the Municipality of Isla Mujeres have closed the construction site of the hotel.

In a statement, they reported that after a review of the site, closure stamps were placed by personnel from the state agencies on part of the City of Isla Mujeres for further inspection and reporting.