This morning a crane collapsed in TriBeCa kiliing a pedestrian and injuring 3, 2 of whom are now in hospital. The crane also crushed a row of cars that were right under where it fell.
This was a big crane, 565 feeet tall and when it collapsed it covered two densely populated city blocks, frightening everyone with the amount of noise and dust its collpase generated. It was being used at 60 Hudson street at the old Western Union Building.
The very high crane was actually being secured because of high winds at the time it collpased and crews were keeping people and cars away, a precaution which probably saved lives.
With over 300 very high cranes operating in NYC at the moment because of the high level of construction going on, additional building inspectors have been hired by the City Administration to ensure safety for all. Because this crane was being handled very resposnibly it is not at all clear why the accident occurred but there will of course be an investigation.
In addtion to the death and injuries there was some damage to nearby buildings and police, firement and utility workers were working together to secure the area and handle damage to gas and electricity mains.