1 Dead, 3 Injured in Manhattan Crane Collapse

Manhattan Crane Collapse

NEW YORK, NY – One person was killed and two more seriously injured when a construction crane toppled over and smashed into a busy Tribeca street Friday morning, officials said.

The crane, which was loading heavy air conditioning equipment to the roof of the construction site, crashed into a row of parked cars when it capsized on Worth St. near Church St. about 8:30 a.m. as heavy snow fell onto the city.

One person died at the scene, officials said. A second person was trapped inside a vehicle and was freed by responding firefighters.

Three people were transported to Bellevue Hospital in serious condition.

Witnesses believe the dead man was a maintenance worker.

Multiple ambulances responded to the scene.

Firefighters were also investigating a report that a wrecking ball attached to the crane snapped off the structure and fell through the roof of a building.

According to another witness, the massive red crane — which has “Bay Crane” printed on its side — hit a building and leaned on some power lines as it fell. Bay Crane, a 75-year-old Long Island City-based company, bills itself as “New York’s leader in crane rental and specialized transportation solutions” on its website.

New York City has seen several other devastating crane accidents in recent years. In November, the steel arm of a balky mini-crane dropped onto a construction safety coordinator on E. 44th St. near Second Ave. in Midtown. The worker, Trevor Loftus, was pinned between the boom crane and his flatbed truck.

In 2008, a crane owned by so-called “Crane king” James Lomma plunged onto a construction site on East 91st St., taking the lives of operator Donald Leo and construction worker Ramadan Kurtaj. Their families were awarded $48 million each in compensatory and punitive damages after an 11 month trial that resulted, eight years later, in Lomma declaring bankruptcy.