Crane Crash Among Worst NY Accidents, Mayor Says

Ground-level pics depict shocking scene
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2008 7:29 PM CDT
Rescue workers remove a victim in a bodybag from the wreckage of a crushed building on 50th Street near Second Avenue Saturday, March 15, 2008, in New York.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A towering crane that ripped through two buildings and hit a third is one of the worst construction accidents in New York history, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today. "It is a tragic event," he said. "Our hearts go out to all the victims and their families." How did the crane pulverize two buildings in one fall? Click the Daily News and Newsday links below to see the best photo coverage on the web.

"It's a horrible situation, very gory," New York Governor designate David Paterson said. "There's blood in the street." Rescue crews are ready to work all night to dig people out of toppled buildings on East 51st Street, an upscale avenue that is now littered with overturned cars and piles of rubble, Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta told the AP.