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A massive crane has collapsed in lower Manhattan, killing one person and injuring at least two others.

The FDNY confirmed the fatality and is on the scene responding to the accident.

The collapse happened along Broadway on February 5 in the Tribeca neighborhood.

The downed crane, which filled the street, fell onto numerous parked cars.Tribeca crane collapse

Emergency responders are on the scene and Mayor Bill de Blasio is on his way.

The weather in New York City this morning was windy with snow flurries.

It is not yet known exactly why the crane collapsed, but photos show that the base of the crane flipped over.

Public transportation is delayed and subway trains are bypassing the area due to the collapsed crane.

Police officers in the area told people arriving for work they should go back home.

Two cranes have collapsed on buildings in the Netherlands injuring at least 20 people, media say.

The cranes were employed to restore the Juliana Bridge in the central Dutch town of Alphen aan den Rijn.

Amateur video showed one crane trying to hoist a section of the Juliana Bridge and collapsing under the weight, bringing the second crane down with it.

Dutch media said rescue workers were in contact with at least one person trapped in the rubble.

Images on Dutch media showed a row of crushed buildings.

The images and video were carried on the De Volkskrant website.Netherlands crane collapse

The website said a Dutch team normally used for earthquakes and other disasters had been sent to the scene.

A large number of people were at the site watching the bridge operation when the accident happened.

Ton Koot, a spokesman for the local fire brigade, told NOS that heavy machinery had been moved in to help with the rescue work.

He had no more information on the condition of those injured.

One of the two cranes, linked together on a pontoon, was lifting a vast steel ramp that forms the central bridge span when it toppled, taking the other crane with it a few seconds later.

Amateur video showed people jumping from the pontoon, with screams heard in the background.

NOS said that the cranes had hit two shops.

A survey in 2010 had shown the bridge over the Rhine to be in poor condition. Its renovation began this spring and was expected to take all summer.

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The storm engulfing New York has ripped a crane off the top of a 65-story luxury building and torn the face off an apartment in the West Village, leaving the insides of several homes exposed.

The construction crane was left dangling precariously over the edge of a building on West 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan, while nearby streets and buildings were cleared as a precaution.

The fire department reported that it had responded to a multiple-dwelling building collapse at Eight Avenue and 14th Street.

People are reportedly trapped inside the structure, but additional information about the 7:00 p.m. accident is not yet known.

The call over the crane collapse came in around 2:30 p.m. yesterday as conditions worsened and Hurricane Sandy approached.

Meteorologists said winds atop the building could have been close to 95 mph at the time.

New York City evacuated neighbors of the nearly completed luxury apartment building after the collapse prompted fears the crane’s boom could crash to the ground.

The buildings that were evacuated included the Parker Meridien hotel with 900 guests.

The crane’s upper arm dangled over the street near Central Park from what should eventually become the city’s tallest residential building.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the crane had been inspected on Friday, as other construction cranes had ahead of the storm, and that the cause of the accident remained unknown.

Engineers went to the top of the building to examine the crane but stopped short of attempting any repairs, officials said.

The storm engulfing New York has ripped a crane off the top of a 65-story luxury building and torn the face off an apartment in the West Village

The storm engulfing New York has ripped a crane off the top of a 65-story luxury building and torn the face off an apartment in the West Village

The New York City Buildings Department suspended construction work at 5:00 p.m. Saturday in anticipation of the storm.

The government body reminded contractors and property owners to secure construction sites and buildings.

It was also performing random inspections to make sure equipment was secured.

Michael Bloomberg told a news conference: “It’s conceivable that nobody did anything wrong whatsoever and it wasn’t even a malfunction, it was just a strange gust of wind.

“Just because it was inspected, that doesn’t mean that God doesn’t do things or that metal doesn’t fail. There’s no reason to think at this point in time that the inspection wasn’t adequate.”

Firefighters closed streets for several blocks surrounding the site, evacuated 300 apartments in three buildings and were preparing to evacuate more, a Fire Department spokesman said.

A spokeswoman for Lend Lease, construction manager for the project, said the company was working with city officials to secure the structure but the weather remained severe.

Passers-by stared in apprehension, while some stopped to take pictures of the building that will feature $90 million duplexes.

The contractor was Australia’s Lend Lease Construction and Canada’s Pinnacle Industries own the crane, said Mary Costello, a spokeswoman for Lend Lease.

“We are working with structural engineers and the DOB [Department of Buildings] on evaluating any additional measures that can be taken to secure the boom and crane structure,” Mary Costello said.

The billionaires behind fashion label Michael Kors, Lawrence Stroll and Silas Chou, have both signed contracts for $50 million full-floor apartments in the tower at 157 W. 57th Street.

A sprawling 13,554 square foot apartment on the 75th and 76th floor on the building, reportedly sold for $90 million to an unknown buyer and the penthouse of One57, located on the 89th and 90th floors, was rumored to have sold for $95 million.

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