One person was killed and three people were injured on Friday morning when a crane collapsed onto a Lower Manhattan street, striking buildings before crashing onto parked cars, the authorities said.
New York Times: Crane Collapse in Lower Manhattan Kills One Person
A 38-year-old man who had just stepped out of his parked car was killed and four others injured when a construction crane toppled over and smashed into a Tribeca street Friday morning, officials said.
The crane crashed into a row of parked cars when it capsized onto Worth St. near Church St. about 8:30 a.m. as heavy snow fell onto the city and winds hit 20 mph.
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The crawler crane was being lowered into a secure position, with construction workers keeping pedestrians and traffic away from a busy street near New York Law School, when it hurtled to the ground.
The crawler crane that collapsed was owned by Bay Crane and operated by Galasso Trucking and Rigging.
New York City Department of Buildings inspectors checked the crane Thursday morning, when workers installed an extension on the upper boom. The inspectors approved the operation, Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city officials said.
The city issued orders for all crawler cranes across the city to be secured as investigators tried to determine the cause of Friday’s accident. It was the city’s first major crane collapse since 2008.
De Blasio said there likely would have been more victims if workmen weren't already clearing the area of traffic and people to prepare for lowering the crane. "Thank God it was not worse," he said.