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One killed as crane collapses in New York City

Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP | Emergency workers converge at the scene of a collapsed crane in Manhattan Friday morning on February 5, 2016 in New York City

One person died and two others were seriously injured when a crane collapsed Friday morning in Lower Manhattan, smashing the roofs of parked cars, authorities said.


The crane landed across an intersection and stretched much of a block in the Tribeca neighborhood, about 10 blocks north of the World Trade Center. There was damage to the roof of a nearby building, and debris littered the street.

“It was right outside my window,” said Robert Harold, who works at the Legal Aid Society. “It was a crashing sound. You could feel the vibration in the building.”

De Blasio said the person killed was sitting in a parked car. The mayor said none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

The collapse killed David Wichs, a Prague-born immigrant who worked at a computerized trading firm, said his sister-in-law, Lisa Guttman.

Officials were working to determine why the crane fell. The company officials identified as the crane operator, Galasso Trucking Inc., didn’t immediately respond to messages.

Nearby buildings were evacuated. Officers told people arriving for work that they should go home. All 376 mobile cranes registered with the city, as well as all 43 of the larger tower cranes, were ordered put in secure positions.

City building inspectors had been at the site only Thursday because the boom was being extended so it could reach farther onto the roof, de Blasio said. Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler said inspectors found no problems at the time with the crane.


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