1 dead, 2 seriously hurt in New York crane collapse

2016-02-05 17:28
Debris and a mangled crane lie in the street in New York’s Tribeca neighbourhood in Lower Manhattan following a deadly collapse. (Colleen Long, AP)

Debris and a mangled crane lie in the street in New York’s Tribeca neighbourhood in Lower Manhattan following a deadly collapse. (Colleen Long, AP)

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New York - One person died and two others were seriously injured when a crane collapsed on Friday morning in Lower Manhattan, smashing the roofs of parked cars, authorities said.

The crane landed across an intersection and stretched much of a block in the Tribeca neighbourhood, about 10 blocks north of the World Trade Centre. There was damage to the roof of a nearby building, and debris littered the street.

"It was right outside my window," said Robert Harold, who works at the Legal Aid Society. "It was a crashing sound. You could feel the vibration in the building."

Harold said at least one person was trapped in a car, and he saw onlookers trying to get the person out. Harold said he also saw a person lying motionless on the street.

Nearby buildings were evacuated. Officers told people arriving for work that they should go home.

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