Crane Collapse in Lower Manhattan Kills One, Injures Three
A large crane collapse in Lower Manhattan has killed at least one person and injured several others.
Details about the Crane Collapse in Manhattan
The New York Times is currently reporting that at least one person has died on Friday morning after a large crane collapsed in Lower Manhattan. The deceased has been identified as 38-year-old David Wichs.
The crane collapsed at around 8:30 a.m., falling onto Worth Street and taking up more than the entire length of a city block, according to witnesses and officials.
Aside from the one person who died, there were three others that have been hurt, two of them seriously.
The crane collapse has forced the closure of many streets in the area, and the scene of the accident is crowded with emergency crews who are searching cars for anyone who might be trapped in them. There are also workers from utility companies there to check gas lines for leaks or ruptures.
New York City Transit trains have been bypassing stations on Franklin Street and Chambers Street.
One witness, 47-year-old David Vaughan, an electrician who happened to have been working on the 36th floor of a nearby building said that he and a colleague saw the crane shaking in the snow and wind, and it crashed when workers were trying to lower it.
The witness has extensive construction experience and further stated that the crane shouldn’t have been up in the first place, considering the wind and snow from the storm.
According to Vaughan, the crane hit a part of a building on its way down before crashing onto a car.
Another witness, Robert Harold, said that he heard the loud crash and even felt the vibrations that shook the building. He saw the crane stretch across the street, people working to get someone out of a car that was trapped under the crane, and another lifeless person lying in the street.
Important Information about Crane Accidents
According to the Crane Inspection and Certification Bureau:
- 90 percent of crane accidents happen as a result of human error.
- 50 percent of crane accidents that happened in 2009 had injuries that eventually resulted in fatalities.
- 40 percent of victims in crane accidents were struck by an object.