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January 10, 2013

7 injured when NYC crane falls

NEW YORK (AP) — With the popping of cables and the snapping of metal, a 200-foot crane collapsed onto a building under construction near the East River waterfront Wednesday, injuring seven people, three of whom needed to be extricated from underneath the fallen machinery.

The red crane toppled around 2:30 p.m., sprawling across the metal scaffolding and wood planking that made up the first floor skeleton of a residential building in the New York City borough of Queens behind a big neon “Pepsi Cola” sign, a local landmark. Workers putting up the second floor framework scrambled to get out of the way.

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