At around 11am this morning, a crane collapsed at a Midtown East construction site. According to The Post, 10 people were injured, including several construction workers. All have been taken to Bellevue and New York Presbyterian hospitals and are in stable condition.
The crane was lifting a large air conditioning unit when the cable snapped, dropping the four-ton unit and shattering the facade of 261 Madison Avenue. Officials have closed sections of Madison Avenue from 37th to 39th streets.
Midtown Crane collapse pic.twitter.com/1uBa6lKnu3— James Velez (@ShamusVelez) May 31, 2015
NBC reports that Mayor de Blasio has called for a full investigation of the accident.
"Thank God this incident occurred at an hour of the day on a weekend when there weren't too many people around," he said.
Just a month ago, another crane accident in Midtown East left a construction worker dead.
Crane accident just now at 38 & Madison - apparently no one hurt, a few cars hit by building debris pic.twitter.com/yLc4Zhr1jj— borborygmi (@nickgenes) May 31, 2015
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· All Construction Accidents coverage [Curbed]