One person was killed and at least three others injured when a massive construction crane collapsed in lower Manhattan, the New York Daily News reports. "This incident occurred literally as they were lowering the crane to secure it," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters shortly after the tragic accident. "No work was done this morning because the crew made the decision to bring the crane down to the secure position."
As winds in the region started to top 20 miles per hour, construction workers began the process of lowering the crane just before the unthinkable happened. "The crew was directing people away from Worth St. as the crane was being lowered," the mayor added. "Just before the accident happened, the crew was making sure people weren't in the way."
When the crane fell into a row of parked cars early Friday morning, a 38-year-old man was killed after having just stepped out of his vehicle. A 73-year-old man, who remained inside the vehicle, suffered a head injury. A woman, 45, suffered "leg trauma" and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Another victim is reportedly in "serious condition" at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
The crash is currently under investigation.