Crane collapses on New York’s Upper East Side

Associated Press

May 30, 2008

NEW YORK – A construction crane collapsed Friday on New York’s Upper East Side, smashing into a 23-story apartment building before crashing onto the street below and leaving at least one person dead.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether there were additional fatalities. An Associated Press photographer saw a body at the scene at East 91st Street and First Avenue.

“The sound was like a thunder clap. Then, an earthquake,” said Peter Barba, who lives across the street.

Firefighters and rescue workers were continuing to search through the wreckage.

The accident happened 2 1/2 months aftera crane collapsed, killing seven people about two miles south.

In that March 15 accident, contractors building a 46-story condominium near the United Nations were trying to lengthen the crane when a steel support broke. The crane demolished a four-story town house and damaged several other buildings.

A city inspector resigned after his arrest on charges of falsifying business records and offering a false instrument for filing.

In April, the city’s buildings commissioner resigned, under fire over a rising number of deadly construction accidents.

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