Large crane collapses in downtown New York City

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At least one man was killed and at least two other people hurt when a crawler crane collapsed in a busy lower Manhattan neighborhood Friday morning, fire officials say.

The collapse was reported near Worth and Church streets in Tribeca shortly before 8:30 a.m., fire officials said.

Images from the scene show the crane crashed on a narrow lower Manhattan street, resting atop several smashed cars that were apparently parked. The base of the crane is upended.

The crane also hit a few buildings as it came down, a city official said.

More than a dozen people were checked out by emergency workers at the scene; two were taken to area hospitals. One victim was critically injured.

The man who died was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sources tell NBC 4 New York that the person who was killed and everyone who was hurt are thought to be pedestrians.

The crane was being used at a building across the street from the NYPD Sergeant’s Benevolent Association. Members of the union were among the first to respond after the collapse, according to Vice President Bob Ganley.

Ganley said he looked out the window and saw the crane crashing down, and others in the building reported that the impact felt like an earthquake. Several officers in the building ran outside and began helping people who were hurt, assisting a person trapped in a car and covering the body of the man who died with a blanket.

“It was a scene,” Ganley said. “It was surreal. It was like a war zone when it first happened.”

More than 100 firefighters also responded to the scene, along with dozens of EMS workers and police. Mayor de Blasio is also at the scene.

Police have set up barricades around the scene. No. 1, 2 and 3 subway trains are bypassing stops at Chambers Street and Franklin street stops.

Utility workers are working with the city to make sure power and gas services were not affected by the collapse, a spokesman for Con Edison said. The utility told NBC 4 New York that they got a gas reading at an address on Worth Street and has shut down a gas main nearby.

The crane is owned by Bay Crane, but it’s not clear who was operating it. That company owned a crane that collapsed 30 floors in midtown in 2015.

The company declined to comment on the collapse to NBC 4 New York.

Officials say the crane that collapsed on Friday was a crawler. Crawler cranes are mounted on an undercarriage with a set of caterpillar tracks to provide mobility.

Ganley told NBC 4 New York that he was talking with someone outside his building on Thursday afternoon and was uncomfortable with the height of the crane.

“I told him, ‘That doesn’t look good, does it?'” he said.

Witnesses at the scene said that the collapse sounded like an earthquake.Keep checking counton2.com for real-time updates on this story. To get breaking news alerts, download the free News 2 App for iPhone or Android.

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