Fear in New York, where a piece of mechanical equipment being lifted by a crane broke free and plunged 28 storeys in central Manhattan for reasons yet to be determined. Ten people have been hurt – pedestrians and drivers who were in the streets, as well as construction workers. It seems that the crane was lifting a piece of air conditioner of large dimensions when it broke free. Now, the building is damaged, and during the crash some pieces of the edifice fell down.
The police and ambulances arrived immediately to take the injured ones to the hospital. The construction workers are the ones suffering major injuries. They were working in the construction site when the falling debris hurt them. However, people currently hospitalized are in stable condition.
An inquiry has been launched to determine whether the accident was caused by a violation of the accident prevention measures – which are particularly strict in the US – or if something else caused the incident.
Translation provided by Maria Rosaria Mastropaolo