Crane crashes storey and people in New York

May 31st, 2008 - 12:48 am ICT by David M N James  

A thunder clap like crash hit New York early in the morning as a construction crane crashed killing one person and injuring scores of others nearby. The New York crane crash happened shortly after 8 a.m. at East 91st Street and 1st Avenue. The crane ripped through the white brick exterior of an apartment building and landed on the street below.

According to eye witnesses the crane operator didn’t panic or get disturbed before the crane which had no load, spun twice, collapsing on its third turn. The crane crashed so fast that only metal debris was seen coming down. The crane is being associated with machinery malfunction.

The crash occurred at the Upper East Side of New York, smashing the 23-storey apartment building and killed a construction worker and seriously injured two others. One of the workers is in serious condition with clinically fatal chest wound while the third victim was in cardiac arrest. All the causalities were rushed to New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

This is the second crash in two and half months. New York Mayor has termed the crash as unacceptable and intolerable. It is believed the contractors followed the required regulations but it was obscure what had led to the crash. The mayor and the city emergency services evacuated seven buildings as a security measure to safeguard lives.

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