This is so scary!
A crane collapsed in New York City early Friday morning, leaving at least one person dead and three others hurt, according to reports from the scene in TriBeca.
The collapse occurred just before 8:30 a.m. EST on lower Manhattan’s Worth Street, near Church Street.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said workers were moving the crane into a safe spot for work when it collapsed.
The person killed was apparently sitting inside a car that was hit by the crane, according to authorities, while those injured were struck with falling debris.
A social media user took video of the crash itself, from high above the city looking down as the crane fell.
While not graphic, the video is quite shocking; watch at your own risk (below):
Pictures and video of the aftermath on Twitter were raw and even spooky, with the mangled metal of the crane lying across nearly two full city blocks amid snow (below):
Bob Ganley, the Vice President of the Police Sergeant’s Benevolent Association in New York City, revealed some close calls in front of his office after the collapse:
“Three vehicles didn’t have anyone as a passenger or a driver. The fourth vehicle had an occupant in the vehicle, but he was removed and didn’t appear to be injured. Yesterday, I was speaking to somebody and I said, ├óΓé¼╦£wow that would be devastating if that ever came down.'”
Another witness at the scene indicated the crane had been having problems recently, and shouldn’t have even been in use:
“We saw that the crane was a little bent and it was still all the way up in the sky. The cable had snapped two days ago lifting something up so that crane should have been completely out of commission. Somehow, they left the crane all the way up and last night when we came by, the top of the crane was already sideways.”
As officials and rescue workers continue to try to clean up and ensure those impacted by the crane collapse are safe, our thoughts are with the victims of this sudden and scary tragedy.