NEW YORK - A crane mounted to the side of a skyscraper under construction toppled with a roar yesterday, smashing into a block of apartment buildings, killing at least four people, and setting off a scramble for survivors in the rubble.
The crane split as it fell, pulverizing a four-story brownstone and demolishing parts of three other buildings.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at least four people, believed to be construction workers, have died and that at least 10 people were injured. It was believed to be one of the city's worst construction accidents in recent memory.
The collapse created a virtual war zone on an affluent block on Manhattan's East Side: Cars were overturned and crushed. A huge dust cloud rose over the neighborhood, and rubble was piled several stories high. - Boston Globe