A crane collapse in New York City killed one person and injured three others, according to the New York City Fire Department. Two of the injuries were considered serious and the other minor, officials said.
The collapse, which occurred just before 8:30 a.m. Feb. 5, took place at Worst Street and West Broadway in TriBeCa as a crane was being lowered by crane operator, Galasso Trucking Inc., due to wind concerns. Wind speed had reached about 20 mph and was expected to near 25 mph.
“The fact is this is a very, very sad incident. We’ve lost a life, but if you go out there on the street as I did and see what happened here, thank God it was not worse,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a press conference.
Construction crews had been directing pedestrians as well as cars away from the area as the crane was lowered, which is why the injuries were not worse, de Blasio said.
“This incident occurred literally as they were lowering the crane to secure it,” the mayor said.
The construction site had been investigated by building inspectors the day before and had been approved for work to proceed.
In response to the incident, the FDNY deployed more than 140 fire and EMS workers from more than 40 units to the site.