Downtown NYC crane collapses; one dead

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

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The crane landed across an intersection and stretched much of a block in the Tribeca neighbourhood, about 10 blocks north of the World Trade Center. 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.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the person killed was sitting in a parked car. The mayor said none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

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

#FDNY on scene of crane collapse at Worth St & W Bdwy in #Tribeca. 1 fatality confirmed, 2 patients serious pic.twitter.com/PwGWYcfVkX

— FDNY (@FDNY) February 5, 2016

.@NYPDChiefofDept, @FDNY & @nycoem survey crane collapse in Lower Manhattan with Mayor @BilldeBlasiopic.twitter.com/lgbqAY9vif

— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) February 5, 2016

Photos Of Manhattan **10-60 Code 1 Crane Collapse*** Box 0151, 40th Worth Street, Between Broadway and Church, Battalion...

Posted by NYC Fire Wire on Friday, February 5, 2016

Crane collapsed at Worth TriBeCa @cnnbrkpic.twitter.com/KdCojNJ2Ge

— Roberto Alvarez (@JustChikito) February 5, 2016

Crazy scene! Crane just collapsed in TriBeCa #nycpic.twitter.com/uUFjaYIlci

— Keith V Smith (@KVSaint) February 5, 2016


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