A crane collapsed in Manhattan this morning, tragically killing at least one person and leaving others injured:

The video is frightening:


  • NannoH

    Horrible stuff. So sad for those involved.

  • Barry A. Brewer

    How did someone know to watch the crane and film its fall?

    • douglasmarks

      One of those ” right place at the right time ” moments I guess.

    • journogal

      Perhaps they heard the noise, and looked out to see what it was.

    • Jeff Henderson ✓Bona Fide

      Sounded like they just liked watching and filming the massive crane in action.

    • RblDiver

      From the way he mentioned “It’s almost even with us now,” maybe there was something else going on with it earlier, so he started filming.

      • Republicanvet

        From what I saw somewhere, it was described as a “crawler” crane, so it may be it was being moved to another location and hit a deBlabio pothole.
        That would be surprising if it were on tracks given the type of crane, but I suppose it’s possible.
        I doubt it would take much to make it go over if the surface was slightly uneven.

        • CrazyDaze✓veridicous

          That is the meaning of a crawler crane, it is on tracks.

          • Laticia

            That’s what I was going to say…a crawler crane is on tracks similar to a tank…however the surface has to very flat for it to work very well. We were considering using a crawler crane (much smaller) to help set chicken house trusses because of the issues with having to get out an set the out riggers every time the crane moves…however, we have found with the uneven surfaces its hit or miss…so it’s smarter to deal with resetting out rigging…and more stable.

          • CrazyDaze✓veridicous

            I was on a site where we had an 850-ton crawler crane. I could stand in the tracks and not be able to touch the top. Those are monster cranes.

    • bluewaternavy

      From what’s being said, it was moving and making hell’s own noise well before it collapsed. You can even hear the noise on the video.

      It’s been windy here since last night.

      • Michelle ✓classified

        The noise in the video is inside with the guys filming. Sounded like a saw. When he switches from one window to the other, you can see that the office he’s in is under construction.

      • bunnehbooboo

        Yeah, what is that groaning? Is that the crane already starting to fail??

    • DwellsInFire

      Because the crane collapse was a government false flag event.

  • https://disqus.com/by/DocFarmer/ Doc Farmer✔ᶜᵒᵛᶠᵉᶠᵉ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

    Oh, my Lord. Thoughts and prayers for the dead, the injured and their families…

    • Jesse B. Hammer


  • Penny✓ItsSoFluffy!

    Oh my goodness… prayers for the deceased and all those injured.

    • Jesse B. Hammer


  • MoxieLouise1

    How does this happen in a city where Big Gulps are banned and sodium levels are monitored? Anyway, condolences to the family of the man in the car.

    • Republicanvet

      I seem to remember that this same thing just happened recently. I’ll have to search for a news article.

      • http://lordfoggybottom.com/ BlahBlah

        Yes and it was the same crane company.

        Now to be fair, it is possible that they just rent them out and contractor operates so at this point we don’t know whose fault.

        • Republicanvet

          I thought so. Doing a search finds a crane collapsed in 2008, a NYC crane inspector was arrested in 2008 for corruption, and another collapsed in 2012.
          That’s in addition to an HVAC unit being dropped 28 stories in 2015.

          Look for the union label.

    • http://lordfoggybottom.com/ BlahBlah

      Thankfully Big Gulps are not banned and sodium levels only have to be displayed but nobody reads.

  • Jeff Henderson ✓Bona Fide

    Why didn’t Hillary use her powers to stop this “bad thing”?

    • Russ

      She was too busy starting it from happening?

  • Daniel

    So realistically what does stopping all other crane operations accomplish? If it is weather related (high winds) it wouldn’t need the mayor to say anything assuming that there are wind limits on crane operations. Other than that why halt them?

    • Wonder Pony

      Optics. “I CARE about the …who am I suppossed to care about again?…Oh I’m getting it in my ear now…People, yeah, that’s the ticket.”

    • Laticia

      I’m hearing on the web how crane operators aren’t licensed well enough…here’s my issue…they are operating multi-million dollar equipment…trust me the owner of the crane is NOT going to let a guy of the street with no training run a crane that expensive with all the liability involved.

  • Wonder Pony

    You have more chance of dying in a crane failure in New Yawk then from a 32 ounce soda.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS8RjCRolSM Sanchez

    1 dead and 3 injured is a miracle given the time of day,
    All the best to the victims.

  • http://wandererswaysite.wordpress.com Wanderer

    These cranes are miracles of engineering brilliance. It’s tragic when one is pushed too far and people are hurt as a result but mindboggling when you find out what it was that broke the camel’s back, whether it was a load well over spec or just a stiff breeze in the wrong direction.

    Humbling in a lot of ways really. Deepest sympathies for those who were hurt and their families.

    • http://www.almarquardt.com/ almarquardt

      For only one person to be killed (as tragic as it is) and two injured, it could have been so much worse.

    • bluewaternavy

      Thanks! Really wasn’t sure because my hearing aid batteries were clapped out and I have high frequency loss.

      I heard the cruuuuummmmp sound of the impact, though. Nasty.

  • http://lordfoggybottom.com/ BlahBlah

    One crane falls and he orders ALL of them to be shut down?

    I guess all cars will also be parked after the next car accident.

    • ceemack

      Cranes and guns are in a separate category from every other device that might cause a fatality.

      • http://lordfoggybottom.com/ BlahBlah

        My bad. :/

    • Jeff Henderson ✓Bona Fide

      And if it starts to snow no one should be allowed to drive . . . Oh wait.

    • http://www.almarquardt.com/ almarquardt

      I could depend on why it collapsed, too, such as high winds. If that was the case, ordering them all shut down and secured makes sense.

  • nc ✓s & balances

    Terrible tragedy. Hope they find out soon what caused it (weather? operator error? mechanical failure?). Seems a little self-serving for the mayor to keep everyone after school (shut down all the cranes) because of the failure of one.

    • Laticia

      He has to be seen as doing SOMETHING…ANYTHING!!!

  • Laticia

    I work in a Crane shop…we don’t have anything this big, but it’s scary what can happen. My boss looked at the video…and he couldn’t really say much other than maybe not enough counterweights to keep the crane from flipping in the high winds.

    • nc ✓s & balances

      I don’t know anything about cranes, but I would think there would be specific procedures in place in the event of various wind speeds, no?

      • Arttie the Deplorable

        The speed limit on the news was 25mph. They were moving it to a safe position with 20 mph winds. It could have been a gust while it was at the edge of it safe limits or the buildings funneled the winds. There is a lot of resistance to the wind in all that open metal forming the Crain structure. I’ll ask a friend in construction in White Plains.
        Edit: replied that the buildings can cause a venturi effect on the wind. Looking at the video, it came down in 1 piece. If there was ice on the crane, it seems to me that it could alter the envelope of security for safe operation.

      • Republicanvet

        When Big Blue fell over years ago in Milwaukee when they were building Miller Park, it fell over because of high wind. That crane had wind sensors on it at 3 different levels. It was a combination of weight being lifted and wind speed which was under 30mph IIRC.

      • Laticia

        Yes there are…which is why they were moving the crane to begin with. Because the winds were too high to be safe…they just didn’t get it moved in time. Our shop has cranes up to about 200 Ton…and we service pretty much the whole Delmarva Peninsula.

  • Russ

    It occurs to me that the poor owners of those crushed cars will probably get less than scrap value for their vehicles, then see their insurance rates skyrocket for making a claim.

    • ♿️Rolling Bump Stock?

      the crane company or the construction company insurance will pick up that tab.

      • Russ

        Eventually, but that could take an awfully long time to get settled.

    • Jesse B. Hammer

      Don’t exaggerate with terms like “skyrocket”…and you sound like the woman in this #LibertyMutual car-insurance commercial, who says hilariously at the end: “maybe (she) should’ve done a little more research on them (meaning her “old” insurance company)…which is why I sorely wish I were there to tell this spokeswoman: “Or maybe YOU shouldn’t go smashing your new cars into a fKing TREE.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpyCSMlYHDU

      • Russ

        Got out of the wrong side of the bed this morning, or are you always this cranky?

        • Jesse B. Hammer

          I’m just sayin’ that your ‘non-sequitur’ about the motorists’ insurers isn’t the best of “timing”.

  • Jenn Oates

    Many years ago I was approaching the Carquinez Bridge westbound on my way to SFO, in the right lane, when I saw a much smaller crane start to tip over into my lane. There was traffic, I couldn’t move over, so I stepped on the gas and just barely made it before the crane crashed to the road.

    It was pretty scary, lemme tell ya.

  • Mary Mommy Happy 2018!

    Many condolences prayers to the people who were hurt during this horrible incident and for the family of the person that was tragically killed

    • Jesse B. Hammer

      …AMEN, M.M.