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Philly Council To Announce Probe Of Fatal Collapse

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A heavy equipment operator who authorities say was high on marijuana when a Philadelphia building collapsed has turned himself in. Photo from CBS News A heavy equipment operator who authorities say was high on marijuana when a Philadelphia building collapsed has turned himself in. Photo from CBS News
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Updated: June 10, 2013

Philadelphia's City Council is forming a special committee to investigate the building collapse that killed six people and injured 13 last week. 

The downtown building was being demolished when it collapsed onto a neighboring Salvation Army Thrift Store on Wednesday, killing two employees and four customers. Police say a heavy equipment operator was high on marijuana when the accident happened. He surrendered Saturday to face charges in the deaths. 

Monday, City Council is planning to announce a special investigative committee in the wake of the collapse. 

Council officials say the committee will conduct a broad review of procedures and regulations regarding licenses and permits, construction and demolition, the certification of workers and other issues.

Posted: June 9, 2013

A heavy equipment operator who authorities say was high on marijuana when a Philadelphia building collapsed onto a thrift store, killing six people, has turned himself in to face charges.

Police Lt. John Stanford says Sean Benschop turned himself in Saturday.

He faces six counts of involuntary manslaughter, 13 counts of recklessly endangering another person and one count of risking a catastrophe.

Authorities believe the 42-year-old Benschop had been using an excavator Wednesday when the remains of the four-story building gave way and toppled onto an attached Salvation Army thrift store, killing four people and injuring 13 others.

Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison says a toxicology report showed evidence that Benschop was high on marijuana.

Benschop told The Philadelphia Inquirer on Thursday that he couldn't comment because of the investigation.

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