Sunday, March 16, 2008

New York crane collapse devastates a neighborhood

NEW YORK: A crane towering over a high-rise construction site on the East Side of Manhattan collapsed in a roar of rending steel, raining death and destruction across a city block as it slashed down on an apartment building, broke into sections, crushed a town house and cut away a tenement facade.

At least four people were killed, about a dozen others were injured and damage was expected to run into the millions, in what the authorities called one of the city's worst accidents - a sudden horror on Saturday afternoon that turned a neighborhood near the United Nations into a zone of panic.

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