Crane Collapses on Manhattan's Upper East Side, 1 Dead

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

New York (AP) At least one person is dead after a construction crane fell on Manhattan's upper east side.

The crane smashed into a high-rise apartment building, shredding a corner of the penthouse.

A witness across the street says the collapse sounded “like a thunder clap. Then, an earthquake.” he said the entire cab came off the crane. Another man heard the “loud bangs” from down the street. He said, “it sounded catastrophic, and that's from two
blocks away.”

Firefighters have been combing through the wreckage, searching for survivors. One body was placed on a gurney and covered in a white sheet. A construction worker knelt over the gurney, gently stroking the sheet.

Officials say fire crews pulled other people out of the wreckage. Their conditions were not immediately known.

The accident comes less than two months after a crane collapsed at another Manhattan construction site, killing seven people.

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