Crane Collapses in New York City

Posted: 05-30-2008
Updated: 05-30-2008 09:46:49 AM

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UPPER EAST SIDE (WABC) -- At least one person has died in a crane collapse on the Upper East Side. The crane smashed into a high-rise apartment building before crashing more than a dozen stories onto the street below.

Newscopter-7 is live over the scene.

The crane collapsed at the intersection of First Avenue and East 91st Street just after 8 a.m. Eyewitness News is told when the crane collapsed, it fell into the building on the southbound side of the street.

There are more than 100 firefighters on the scene. The Fire Department says it has pulled at least two people out of the wreckage.Their conditions are not immediately known.

The top floor of a nearby high-rise apartment building has been damaged. Firefighters and rescue workers are continuing to search through the wreckage. There are reports of one person being trapped underneath the rubble in the cab of the crane.

The accident happened almost three months after a crane collapsed, killing seven people about two miles south.

In that March 15 accident, contractors building a 46-story condominium near the United Nations were trying to lengthen the crane when a steel support broke. The crane demolished a four-story town house and damaged several other buildings.

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Republished with permission from WABC-TV