The excavator operator who was demolishing a four-story building in downtown Philadelphia this week when it collapsed onto a Salvation Army store, killing six people, has turned himself in to police.
The building Benschop was helping to demolish was located next to the Salvation Army thrift store at 22ndand Market streets. On Wednesday, part of the structure collapsed onto the store, killing two employees and four shoppers and injuring 14 others.
Two survivors of the collapse, a store employee and a shopper, have filed a lawsuit against the fallen building's owner and the demolition contractor. Attorney Robert Mongeluzzi called the disaster a “grossly reckless, unplanned act” in an interview with the Times on Friday.