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Jun082013

Equipment Operator in Philadelphia Building Collapse Turns Self In

WPVI/ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) -- A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Sean Benschop, the heavy equipment operator responsible for the collapse of a Philadelphia building that killed six people on Wednesday.

Benschop is charged with six counts of involuntary manslaughter, 13 counts of reckless endangerment and one count of risking a catastrophe after marijuana was found in his system. The operator has also admitted to taking codeine and other prescription drugs before the accident, and he was outfitted with a soft cast up to his elbow while working the heavy machinery.

Citing court records, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Benschop has been arrested 10 times for a range of offenses, including drug charges, theft, firearms and assault.

Authorities say Benschop turned himself in to police.

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