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1 dead, 2 seriously hurt in Manhattan crane collapse

One Person Died And Two Others Were Seriously Injured When A Crane Collapsed Today In Lower Manhattan, Smashing The Roofs Of Parked Cars, Authorities Said.

PTI | Updated on: 05 Feb 2016, 11:12:18 PM

New York:

One person died and two others were seriously injured when a crane collapsed today 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.”

Harold said at least one person was trapped in a car, and he saw onlookers trying to get the person out. Harold said he also saw a person lying motionless on the street.

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

Nearby buildings were evacuated. Officers told people arriving for work that they should go home. 

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First Published : 05 Feb 2016, 11:10:00 PM