Glass falls from Trump Tower during construction
Chris Fox and Joshua Freeman, cp24.com
Published Wednesday, November 14, 2012 4:33PM EST
Last Updated Thursday, November 15, 2012 12:03AM EST
Downtown roads around a luxury hotel remained closed for hours after a panel of glass fell from an upper floor of the building Wednesday afternoon.
A panel of glass fell from the 34th floor of the Trump International Hotel & Tower around 4:10 p.m., striking several vehicles below near the intersection of Bay and Adelaide streets, police said.
As a result, several roads around the building were closed off during the busy rush hour, including the eastbound lanes of Adelaide Street at Bay. The roads finally reopened around 11 p.m.
According to District Fire Chief Stefan Powell, a maintenance crew was moving a pane of glass up to the top of the building using a platform when the glass somehow fell, striking another pane of glass on the 18th floor.
No one was injured.
“Large pieces of glass have fallen off the building onto the sidewalk as well as onto the intersection,” Const Tony Vella told CP24. “The information we have at this point is that nobody has been injured, but a few cars in the area were damaged as a result of the falling glass.”
In a written statement, Trump Toronto Spokesperson Dorenda McNeil confirmed the incident happened as a result of a construction-related accident.
"The panel appears to have been dropped by a worker during installation," she said in an emailed statement to CP24. "This incident is not related to the structure of the building."
"We are very thankful that no one was hurt," the email continued to say. "Trump Toronto management is working with Toronto Police on the scene to investigate the cause.
Vella said emergency crews had shut down the intersection and several nearby sidewalks.
“I am urging pedestrians and drivers to avoid the area,” Vella said. “We want to ensure that if glass does fall again that nobody is hurt.”
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