Crane Collapse in Manhattan: 6 Injured, Investigation Underway

Crane Collapse in Manhattan: 6 Injured, Investigation Underway
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A dramatic crane collapse in the heart of Manhattan sent shockwaves through the city on Wednesday morning, leaving six people injured, including two firefighters and four civilians. Though the incident caused panic and disruption, authorities have assured that all injuries are minor and not life-threatening. This article provides a comprehensive overview of the accident, its causes, and the ongoing investigation.

The unfortunate incident occurred at a construction site located on 10th Avenue and 41st Street. The site had already been grappling with a five-alarm fire when the crane’s boom gave way, striking a building across the street. Prompt emergency response from the New York Fire Department (FDNY) ensured the fire was contained, preventing further damage.

According to Deputy Commissioner Joseph W. Pfeifer, the crane operator was in the process of lifting approximately 16 tons of concrete when he noticed a fire in the crane’s engine. Attempting to control the situation, the operator’s efforts were in vain, and he was forced to evacuate the crane’s cab safely. Shortly after, the crane’s boom collapsed to the ground, causing the unfortunate injuries and property damage.

Preliminary findings by FDNY officials suggest that the fire weakened the crane’s cabling, ultimately leading to its collapse. As investigations continue, all parties involved in the crane’s operation will be thoroughly scrutinized. Commissioner of Buildings James Oddo emphasized that the building struck by the fallen boom will also undergo a comprehensive structural assessment.

Richard Paz, an iron worker present at the scene, recounted how he noticed the crane emitting smoke and immediately raised the alarm. He witnessed the crane operator’s brave but unsuccessful attempt to extinguish the fire before evacuating the crane for safety.

The accident had immediate repercussions for the area, resulting in traffic delays and emergency response teams flooding the location. New York City officials promptly notified residents and commuters to avoid the area between 10th and 11th avenues from West 41st to West 42nd.

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