Crane collapse in Long Island City injures 7 workers

Posted at 2:40 PM, Jan 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-09 22:46:10-05

Seven workers were injured in a crane collapse at a construction site in Long Island City Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. The tall red crane appeared to fold down upon the building, which is now about a story high.

The most serious injury was a broken leg sustained by a worker.  All the injuries were confined to the construction site, which is behind the iconic Pepsi-Cola sign on the East River.  Two of the injured workers were taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, two to Weill Cornell Medical Center and the rest to other local  hospitals.

The cause of the accident remains unclear.

Long Island City

The crane collapsed at a construction site behind the famed Pepsi-Cola sign in Long Island City. (Narmeen Choudhury/PIX11 News)

The incident happened at 47-27 Center Boulevard, near 47th Avenue in an area that has seen a burst of residential construction in recent years, mostly tall glass towers.

Crane collapse

The crane collapsed on a construction site that was about a story tall. (Narmeen Choudhury/PIX11 News)

The crane collapse is the second prominent failure at a construction site in recent months.

A crane famously dangled from the top of a midtown tower under construction that was loosened during Hurricane Sandy.

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