NEW YORK (TheBlaze/AP) — New York City officials say a piece of mechanical equipment being lifted by a crane at an office building in Manhattan broke free and fell about 28 stories to the sidewalk below. WPIX-TV reported that the piece of equipment was a four-ton air conditioning unit and that the crane also collapsed into a high-rise building just before 11 a.m.
Ten people including two construction workers were injured, but none of the injuries was considered life-threatening.
Police say the call came in around 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Officers who responded to the high-rise building in Midtown East found that a crane's payload heading to the top of the building had broken free. It fell to the sidewalk, shearing the side of the building along the way. The building is wider at the base, and narrows at the higher floors.
Streets were closed in the surrounding area. Officials say an investigation will determine the cause.
The incident comes, bizarrely, shortly after concerns about falling NYC air conditioning units were reignited by an article in New York Magazine last week.