At least one person is dead, and another 2 injured, after a crane collapsed this morning at around 8:30 a.m. in the TriBeCa neighborhood of New York City. At the time of the incident, workers were attempting to secure the crane over fears of rising winds in the city. Unfortunately, the crane collapsed and killed a 38-year-old man who was sitting nearby in a parked car.
Two other individuals were struck by debris that fell as a result of the crane collapse, and both of these individuals are currently listed as being in serious condition. Construction using the crane was actually stopped yesterday in the face of rising winds, and when the accident occurred, workers were attempting to secure the crane and bring it down over fears of unsafe working conditions. Mayor Bill de Blasio stated that the accident could have been much worse, and injured far more people, if workers had not already cleared the area in anticipation of bringing down the crane.
More details have emerged following yesterday’s tragic construction crane collapse in Long Island City, Queens. According to authorities, the accident occurred around 2:30 p.m. at the site of a new residential unit behind the iconic Pepsi-Cola sign in Queens.
While the exact cause of the accident has not yet been definitively determined, sources on the site claim that a cable may have snapped while moving a stack of wood on the scene, leading to the complete collapse of the crane.
Three construction workers were trapped underneath the crane following the collapse, and had to be extricated from underneath the equipment. The final injury count totaled seven workers, who were all transported to local hospitals with serious injuries.
Our thoughts go out to the families of the victims, and we wish all individuals involved a speedy recovery.
A crane collapse occurred in Queens today, with a call coming in to the New York Fire Department just before 2:30 p.m.
It is unclear how many people have been injured, if any, or how severe any injuries are, although some outlets are reporting that there have been some injuries.
We will continue to follow this story as more information is released.