1 killed, 3 injured after crane collapses in lower Manhattan

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NEW YORK: One person was killed and three others injured Friday (Saturday in Manila) after a crawler crane collapsed around 8:30 a.m. local time in lower Manhattan, New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference. Residents were evacuated from several buildings for fear of a possible gas leak at the crash site, the mayor said. The crane fell onto several cars at between 40 Worth and Church streets in Tribeca in lower Manhattan when it was being lowered and moved to a secured position due to high winds, said the mayor, who rushed to the scene after the accident. A 38-year-old man was killed while sitting in a parked car. Two others were seriously injured and one suffers minor injury, said the mayor. An investigation is underway to determine whether it was mechanical failure or human error that caused the accident.

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PNA/Xinhua

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