1 dead after construction crane collapses in New York City

1 dead after construction crane collapses in New York City

From NBC12 News

Another high-rise construction crane collapsed on Manhattan's East Side this morning, slamming into a 23-story apartment building on its way down. One person was killed and others were trapped.

Residents say the massive crane, which was used to carry huge loads to the top of the site, made a horrible boom when it crashed into the streets below.

"All of a sudden, you hear this loud, kind of earthquake," said resident Evan Epstein," it sounded like, you know, just all the balconies were just kind of coming down one by one or something."

Rescue crews searched for possible victims on the ground and in the mangled mess of the residential high-rise. Meanwhile, safety experts secured the area and workers searched for answers.

"It seems the turntable snapped off, which is unusual," one construction worker said. "The only thing I can think of is the amount of stress in jumping the machine. It seems like it might not have been balanced properly."

This is the second deadly cran accident in just over two months. In March, a toppled crane crushed a residential building, killing seven people. Several other construction accidents have also put pressure on New York City.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg then pledged to improve safety measures in the city, whcih is undergoing a construction boom. Today, the mayor called the accident tragic and unacceptable.

Crews will now have to figure out how to safely remove the crane and secure the damaged buildings.

NBC12 will have the latest on the accident and the cleanup efforts in the evening newscasts.
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