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Sandy Causes a Crane to Collape in New York

Posted: Oct 29, 2012 8:56 PM by KOMU Staff

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NEW YORK (AP) - Nine-hundred guests at a nearby hotel are among those who have been evacuated as a construction crane dangles from a luxury high-rise in midtown Manhattan.

The crane collapsed in high winds as conditions worsened from the approaching Hurricane Sandy. Meteorologists say winds atop the 74-story building could have been close to 95 mph at the time.

Engineers and inspectors were planning to climb to the top of the building to examine it as the huge storm, now classified a post-tropical cyclone, bears down on the city.There are no reports of injuries.

The nearly-completed high-rise is in one of the city's most desirable neighborhoods, near Central Park.

City officials say the crane had been inspected, along with other city cranes, on Friday and was found to be ready for the weather.

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