Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Crane Collapses Behind Pepsi Sign in Queens, 7 Hurt

A crane has collapsed in Long Island City, Queens, injuring as many as seven people on a construction site behind the famed Pepsi-Cola sign, authorities say.

Officials describe the equipment as a mobile crane unit and say it collapsed shortly before 2:30 p.m. onto the construction site below, at 46th Avenue and Center Boulevard.

Matthew Knell, who lives across from the construction site, said he "heard a big bang" and ran to the window, where he saw workers running from the crane.

Randall Todd said he was walking his dogs nearby when he heard the sound of what he described as breaking metal.

He looked over and saw "the top horizontal arm of the crane dropping, but it folded on itself, accordion-style, including the vertical tower, which seemed to snap in half."

The cause of the collapse was not immediately clear.


Photo Credit: Matthew Knell

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