Crane Falls 23 Stories, Kills Two People in New York A construction crane collapsed Friday on New York's Upper East Side, killing at least one person and smashing into an apartment building before landing on the street in a twisted heap of metal. The person killed was reportedly a construction worker. The accident follows a March 15 crane collapse, which killed seven people.
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Crane Falls 23 Stories, Kills Two People in New York

New York firefighters work on the scene of a crane collapse at 91st Street and 1st Avenue. The crane collapsed on top of an apartment building, crashing into a penthouse apartment and falling to the ground. Anthony Behar/Getty Images hide caption

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New York firefighters work on the scene of a crane collapse at 91st Street and 1st Avenue. The crane collapsed on top of an apartment building, crashing into a penthouse apartment and falling to the ground.

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A construction crane collapsed Friday on New York's Upper East Side, killing at least two people and smashing into an apartment building before landing on the street in a twisted heap of metal.

The construction crane collapsed and smashed into a 23-story apartment building, reportedly crushing the penthouse before cascading to the ground.

Some people were pulled from the wreckage, and at least one was killed at E. 91st St. and First Ave., the fire department said.

It was not immediately known if there were more casualties or what the conditions were of those rescued. The person killed was reportedly a construction worker.

The collapse occurred shortly after 8 a.m. As the crane came down, it ripped balconies from the Electra apartment building nearby.

The accident follows a March 15 incident in which a similar crane collapsed in the city, killing seven people. That crane was engaged in construction of a 46-story condominium near the United Nations.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the latest collapse was "unacceptable" and the city would investigate.

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

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