Crane dangles from NYC high-rise, clearing streets

  • Posted: Monday, October 29, 2012 6:39 p.m.
A construction crane atop a luxury high-rise dangles precariously over the streets after collapsing in high winds from Hurricane Sandy on Monday in New York. Hurricane Sandy bore down on the Eastern Seaboardís largest cities Monday, forcing the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds, soaking rain and a surging wall of water up to 11 feet tall.

NEW YORK -- New York City engineers and fire department inspectors plan to climb 74 flights of stairs to examine a Manhattan construction crane thatís dangling from a luxury high-rise as Hurricane Sandy approaches.

The Parker Meridien hotel was among area buildings being evacuated as a precaution. Streets also have been cleared.

Buildings department spokesman Tony Sclafani said Monday that the inspection is a daunting task, but the experts are ďthe best of the best.Ē

The cause of the accident isnít known. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said all construction cranes were inspected before the storm to make sure they were secure.

Itís unclear whether there was a problem with the way the crane was secured or whether the wind simply was so strong that it bent the rig.

Meteorologists think the wind might have been blowing 95 mph that far above the ground.

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