It’s never good to hear of a disaster happening somewhere in the world, but occasionally one occurs that luckily causes significantly less damage than it could have, and also treats us with some spectacular visuals.
That was the case yesterday morning in Lower Manhattan, when a crane came tumbling down on what would have been a busy street, had construction workers not blocked pedestrians and traffic from being in the area.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 6, 2016
The crane was in the process of being lowered into a secured position – its manufacturer requires that the crane be secured when faced with winds of more than 25 mph (40 km/h). As it was being lowered, it began to pick up speed and eventually tumbled to the ground. While the street was not as busy as it could have been, the incident did sadly leave one person (who had been sitting in a parked car on the street) dead and three more injured… But it could have been significantly worse.
Glenn Zito, who is a construction worker who was working on a nearby building, managed to capture most of the collapse on camera, after the winds forced him and his coworkers to a lower floor on the building they were on.
Here’s that video:
CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Watch as the crane collapses this morning in Lower Manhattan. One person was killed and three injured in the collapse. Read more here: http://cbsloc.al/1T2LqVwPosted by CBS New York on Friday, February 5, 2016
Kudos to the person who went ahead and censored that. Ugh, the sounds that thing made as it was coming down… They’re haunting – not to mention the sight of all that steel crashing down on the road. Like I said, it made for some pretty crazy visuals. Here’s a few photos:
— FDNY (@FDNY) February 5, 2016
The headache ball that was attached to the crane actually ripped through a nearby law office, which you’ll see if you check out the story here:
New York Post – Collapsed crane’s ‘headache ball’ ripped through law office https://t.co/R61LMoGfgs
— New York News (@newsnyork) February 6, 2016
Here’s one car that was on the street. NOT the car of the gentleman who was killed – the occupant of this car took this photo himself.
Obviously a very sad event, but it had the potential to be much worse, so let’s be thankful that it wasn’t.