A section of collapsed crane protrudes
from a crushed building on 50th Street near Second Avenue Saturday, March
15, 2008 in New York. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)
NEW YORK, March 15 (Xinhua) -- A construction crane
snapped Saturday from a 25-story building in Manhattan, killing at least four
people and injuring many others, New York City authorities said.
All four known deaths were of construction workers at
the site and some of the injured are in serious or critical condition, Mayor
Michael Bloomberg told a press conference.
The crane snapped into two parts, damaging three
nearby buildings and completely destroyed a fourth, Bloomberg said.
The building that was destroyed was a five-story
brownstone with a popular bar in the first floor which, fortunately, was not
open at the time.
Over 300 firefighters, 150 police officers and many
other emergency workers are working at the site. Police dogs and listening
devices were deployed to looking for victims trapped in the rubbles.
Several blocks in the vicinity of crane collapse
remain cordoned off to traffic. Several buildings nearby are being vacated and
occupants are told to go to a shelter set up in a school.
Authorities are still probing what had caused the
The construction site has had 13 violations with the New York City Department of Buildings since 2006, but that was a normal number for a construction site of similar size, authorities said.