Crane atop NYC high-rise spins wildly in wind, drops debris on street

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A crane on top of a high-rise apartment building in Manhattan jogged loose amid heavy wind Thursday evening, damaging the building and sending debris falling to the street below.

The crane, atop a Midtown building under construction on West 57th Street near Sixth Avenue, spun wildly in the wind and rain, video taken at the scene shows.

Fire officials said the FDNY was responding to building debris at 111 West 57th St. It was not clear if there were any injuries in the incident.

Television personality Keith Olbermann was near the scene of the accident and recorded video of the crane swaying in the wind.

Olberman said in a tweet that debris had fallen from the crane.

w57th st crane collapse. credit: Peter Gerber

Peter Gerber

w57th st crane collapse. credit: Peter Gerber

w57th st crane collapse. credit: Peter Gerber

Peter Gerber

Pieces of crane debris. Credit: Peter Gerber

Pieces of crane debris. Credit: Peter Gerber

Crane debris

Peter Gerber

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“NYC ‘weathervaning’ construction crane atop 85-story building at 111 W 57th St near 6th. Two 8-foot long pieces have already fallen to the street,” Olbermann wrote.

The Department of Buildings warned property owners to secure construction equipment as the city is experiencing high winds and rain from Hurricane Zeta, which is lashing the Gulf Coast.

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