At least 4 dead in NYC crane collapse

March 15, 2008 at 11:38 PM
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NEW YORK, March 15 (UPI) -- At least four construction workers were killed Saturday when a construction crane collapsed in New York, demolishing one building and damaging others.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said dogs and thermal-imaging cameras were being used in the search for victims in the neighborhood near the United Nations in Manhattan, The New York Times reported. The dead were all believed to be construction workers.

One man was found alive in the wreckage shortly before 6 p.m., more than three hours after the collapse, Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scopetta said. At least 10 people were hurt, three of them critically.

The crane, about 20 stories tall, was being used in the construction of a building at Second Avenue and East 51st Street when it came crashing down at 2:20 p.m. Bloomberg said that workers were trying to jack up the crane at the time.

"This construction accident is one of the worst the city has had, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families," Bloomberg said.

Ismael Garcia, a construction worker, told the Times he was on the 15th floor of the new building when he saw part of its load fall.

Several buildings in the neighborhood were evacuated.

The dead construction workers were identified as members of Local 15 of the Operating Engineers.

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