Crane accident at Tower 4

A view from the 33rd floor of Tower 4 . Photo by Aline Reynolds

BY ALINE REYNOLDS | A crane accident occurred at the World Trade Center minutes before 10 a.m. Thursday morning but caused no injuries, according to John Gallagher, vice president of public affairs at Tishman Construction.

“The cable of a crane broke,” Gallagher explained, “causing the steel it was lifting to fall approximately 40 stories back onto the flatbed truck that had transported the steel into the W.T.C. site.”

New York Police Department Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne confirmed the news and specified that the steel fell to the ground in the area between Towers 3 and 4.

Construction at the site has temporarily come to a halt pending an investigation of the mishap, according to Gallagher.

“We are investigating the matter in full cooperation with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the FDNY and the city Department of Buildings,” said Gallagher.

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