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Crane drops steel 40 stories at WTC site; truck crushed

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A crane hoisting metal material at the World Trade Center site dropped its load Thursday.

Updated at 4:51 p.m. ET: NEW YORK --  A crane hoisting steel beams at the World Trade Center site dropped its load Thursday, crushing a construction vehicle on the ground 40 stories below and sending workers scrambling for safety, local media reported.

The Tishman construction company, the general contractor, said no one was hurt in the accident, NBCNewYork.com reported. Other media reports said one person was checked out by medical workers at the scene and released.


Tishman said a cable on the crane snapped at around 10 a.m. The truck had hauled the steel into the lower Manhattan site.

Construction worker Frank Pensabene heard a loud crash. He said: "Everybody was yelling and running."

“It’s a miracle” nobody was killed, said steamfitter Mark Sherank, 45, who was in the middle of a safety meeting in a nearby building when the steel fell, the New York Daily News reported.

"I looked outside I saw the truck it's a pancake now,” he said, according to the Daily News. “A noise like that, you know something's wrong."

Tishman said it is investigating the incident along with the city fire and buildings departments, and the Port Authority, which owns the site.

There were some subway disruptions for about an hour.

The accident occurred inside the construction zone at Four World Trade Center.

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