One person was killed and two others were seriously injured on Friday morning when a giant crane in lower Manhattan collapsed and fell, also destroying a row of parked cars.
The crane was extended to a length of 565 feet on Thursday to replace generators and air conditioning units on the roof of the building at 60 Hudson Street, but Friday morning’s winds proved too strong for the machine, which has a maximum capacity of 330 tons, according to the New York Post.
A 38-year-old man was killed while sitting in his car when the crane crashed down from above. Three other injuries occurred, two of them serious enough to send a 45-year-old woman and a 73-year-old man to area hospitals.
Sustained winds reached 20 miles per hour during Winter Storm Lexi and the decision was made to secure the crane for safety reasons as it can only withstand 25 mph wind speeds. While the crane was being moved construction crews were clearing the streets and Mayor Bill de Blasio said it was a miracle there weren’t more casualties.
“Thank God we didn’t have more injuries and lose more people. It’s something of a miracle that there was not more of an impact,” he said during a press conference.
The mayor ordered all of the city’s cranes — over 400 total — secured following the incident, which will be investigated by the authorities.
Onlookers in a nearby high-rise captured video of the crane’s boom crashing to the ground (strong language):