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Crane collapse on East Side kills 4

March 15, 2008 11:32PM

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A collapsing crane at a high-rise apartment tower under construction at 303 East 51st Street on the East Side killed at least four people on Saturday afternoon.
The crane struck an apartment building, crushed a town house and sliced
into a tenement facade. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the four dead were
believed to be construction workers. Neighborhood residents said they
had been worried about an accident happening because the 51st Street
tower, east of Second Avenue, had been rising so rapidly. The falling
crane instantly demolished a modern four-story townhouse at 305 East
50th Street, which housed a bar called Fubar on the ground floor.
Bloomberg said the construction site’s principal developer was James P.
Kennelly, a former firefighter; the construction company was RCG, or
Reliance Construction Group; and the crane owner was the New York Crane
& Equipment Corporation.

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