Four construction workers were killed and ten others were injured when a giant crane crashed into a residential building. Mayor Bloomberg says that the crane "basically just flattened" the four-story townhome and caused collateral damage to three other buildings. There probably would have been far greater injuries, but luckily, the bar on the bottom floor of the building was closed at the time of the accident.
Eyewitnesses report that the 15-20 story crane "literally split in half," and fell like a house of cards. The crane broke during a routine operation to extend its height by inserting a section in the middle and raising the top part of the crane. The top part of the crane flipped over, however, causing damage to several buildings on the way to the ground.