A massive construction crane collapsed in lower Manhattan during a swirling snowstorm on Friday, killing one person and crushing a line of parked cars in the first accident of its kind in New York City since 2008.
Hundreds of emergency workers responded after the 565-foot-tall crane toppled at about 8:30 a.m. and flipped upside down, leaving the metal boom stretching along nearly two city blocks.
At the time, workers were lowering the crane in order to secure it as winds approached 25 miles per hour, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference.
It was not immediately known whether the winds played a role in the collapse. An investigation was underway, and the crane operator was being interviewed, de Blasio said.
One person was killed in the collapse, David Wichs, a 38-year-old Manhattan resident, police said. At least three other people suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, with two taken to a hospital for head lacerations, officials said.