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Front Page: Crane Collapses in NYC, Myanmar Evicts Relief Centers

  • Crane Collapses in NYC: A crane at a construction site tipped over and crashed into another building at East 91st Street and First Avenue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan just after 8 a.m. this morning. At least two people were pulled out of the wreckage as Fire Department trucks and emergency medical workers responded. One person is confirmed dead at this time. “The crane operator is the only confirmed dead at this time. He was still in the cab of the crane” when it came down, said an official at the scene. No news yet on the second person said to be most seriously injured. Rescue workers continue to remove people from the affected buildings. The crane's top portion apparently broke off striking the building across the street.
  • Myanmar Evicts Relief Centers: Myanmar's junta has begun evicting stranded families from government-run cyclone relief shelters today, concerned that the 'tented villages' might become permanent. A government official says, "it is better that they move to their homes where they are more stable," At one camp people were told to clear out by the end of the day. The official said, "here, they are relying on donations and it is not stable." Local residents and aid workers said 39 camps are being cleared out as part of a general eviction plan. A 21-year-old trishaw driver said as he was leaving the camp with his five brothers and sisters, "we knew we had to go at some point but we had hoped for more support."

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Jillness Jillness 9 years
Wow, Briggs! That is crazy! I am very glad you weren't hurt. I look forward to guessing which person you are on CNN. ;)
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
ouch cine LOL ... I was born in '67 and lived in NY from that point until 1986.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
I was not alive in the 70's so I don't know for a fact, just what I have been told. :)
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Glad you were not hurt briggs!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
Cine thanks for that. In the 70's I was just a kid and didn't pay attention to the news so I can see where I didn't remember any of those incidents.
briggs313 briggs313 9 years
Hi Everyone ... I was walking out of my building this morning on 91st and 1st when I heard the crash. I was one of the first people on the scene as my building is 2 buildings away ... I dialed 911 immediately but it was a terrible scene. The crane was on fire and grown men were screaming and running away. I'll be on CNN tonight to talk about it as I was this morning ... it's crazy because I look at that crane everyday out my window on the top floor of my building. Sure my roommate and I talked about it falling after the last one had but I never dreamed it would happen again. I feel very unsafe and sad for the people hurt in this. Hopefully we can put into action the neccessary precautions to avoid more of these disasters.
stiletta stiletta 9 years
I wonder where these cranes are being made? I've heard tell that many of them are imported from China.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
From what the people tell me at work it happened a lot in the 70's when there was an influx of construction. I do not have any stats though so this is strictly opinion. I just don't think it is as "crazy" as other people do. It is a crowded city, with large buildings being built. Cranes collapse in all parts of the country. I think NYC is going to get more attention then other places will.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
But it's not like tall buildings haven't been built in NY before. Was this common then too? I don't know, and I'm not trying to be snarky, I'm really interested to see the stats.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Cranes collapse. I think it is more related to the fact that there is so much construction going on there are going to be more accidents. And as Rosa pointed out, the buildings are so high the cranes are hard to control. A crane collapsed in Miami and in Bellevue Washington. Construction is dangerous, I think these are reminders of those dangers.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Another one? I can't believe more people weren't hurt in NYC! That looks awful! I really hope that the liable people start being responsible. This shouldn't have happened earlier this year, and it most certainly shouldn't have happened twice. I feel terrible for the people in Myranmar. Their government has serious issues.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
I think the problem is that developers keep building higher and higher and the crane operators cannot maneuver the cranes when they are sitting at street level and the tip of the crane is over 100 feet up in the air. Developers should spend more money on better machinery to avoid these tragedies.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
I know Rosa I thought the same thing. Inspectors aren't doing their jobs it seems.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
Another crane tragedy. I wonder what the problem was this time.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
myanmat gov't :oy: they are hurting their own people more than they care to admit it! Ughhh
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