Crane collapses in New York killing one person

Nick Myall
Friday 05 Feb 2016

All cranes in New York have been ordered to be lowered after the incident which occurred in high winds

A giant crane crashed in New York's Tribeca neighbourhood on 5 February, killing one person and injuring two others, a New York fire department spokesperson stated.

The crane fell lengthwise along Worth Street during high winds, hitting several parked cars but also a vehicle in the middle of the road.

It was mounted on a mobile tracked vehicle, which overturned when the crane fell.

The downed crane, which filled the street, fell onto numerous parked cars.

It had the words 'Bay Crane' printed on the side and also hit a building on its way down.

On its website the company describes itself as 'New York’s leader in crane rental and specialized transportation solutions.'

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the victim was sitting in a parked car at the time of the accident.

Workers were in the process of lowering the crane due to the high winds when it collapsed. No workers were injured.

The crane was replacing air conditioning equipment in an existing building when the crash occurred, the first for New York City since 2008. For the facts from WAN on the 2008 incident click here.

Nick Myall

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