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Crane Collapse in Queens Injures Seven

Posted on Jan 10, 2013

A 300-foot crane collapsed on Wednesday in Long Island City, Queens, trapping three workers in twisted metal and injuring seven.

The crane toppled at the site of a Long Island City luxury development at 46-10 Center Blvd., just behind the famous Pepsi-Cola sign on the East River at about 2:30 pm.

There were no life-threatening injuries, said Deputy Fire Chief Mark Ferran. He went on to say an investigation is under way.

The planned 26-story residential tower, part of a development project by TF Cornerstone. Several neighboring buildings that are part of the project, known as EastCoast, are completed and filled with residents. None of those appeared damaged.

The concrete subcontractor, Cross Country Construction of Elmsford, N.Y., was responsible for the work currently under way, said Frank Marino, a spokesman for TF Cornerstone. The owner of Cross Country, Lawrence Lane, said the company was cooperating with city officials in the investigation.

The New York Crane and Equipment Corporation, which owns the crane, was involved in a 2008 accident in Manhattan that killed two people.

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