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At least three people have been hospitalized, including one in critical condition, but there are likely many more injured.

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Scott Brown Crane had people on board when it collapsed on a high-rise construction site in Kelowna. Crane had people on board when it collapsed on a high-rise construction site in Kelowna. Photo by West Kelowna Fire Twitter @ IAFF4457

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Part of downtown Kelowna has been evacuated and several people have been injured after a crane collapsed on a construction site Monday morning.

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Kelowna RCMP says the accident occurred near St. Paul St. and Bernard Ave.

At least three people have been hospitalized, including one in critical condition, but there are likely more injuries.

The Kelowna Daily Courier reports that the crane had people on board when it collapsed around 11 a.m. on the construction site of the Bernard Block skyscraper

The crane crashed into an adjacent building.

Videos and photos posted on social media show massive damage to the building.

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BC Emergency Health Services sent 12 ambulances and two intensive care teams to the scene.

“At this point, paramedics were transporting three patients to the hospital: one patient stable, with minor injuries; a patient in serious condition; and a patient in critical condition. “Said BCEHS spokesman Shannon Miller in a statement.

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The crane also dismantled water pipes and cut power to much of the city center.

The police are diverting traffic out of the area.

“RCMP is working to safely evacuate those affected and is urging all motorists to avoid the entire downtown core for the moment,” Mounties said in a statement.

The Bernard Block is a massive three tower residential and commercial project being built by the Okanagan construction company Mission Group.

Mission Group has been contacted for comment.

WorkSafeBC says its prevention and investigation teams are responding to the incident.

“The purpose of our investigation is to identify the cause of the incident, including any contributing factors, so that similar incidents can be prevented in the future,” said Andy Watson, spokesman for WorkSafeBC.

Tower cranes are the largest piece of equipment on construction sites and are checked annually in BC.

“When the crane team visits a construction site, they want the annual inspection document certified by the specialist engineer, the maintenance records, the certification of the operator and – if it is a forklift truck – the stability documents,” says WorkSafeBC.

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