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Manhattan crane accident left one man dead

A crane accident that happened in the Turtle Bay section of Manhattan just before noon on April 24 claimed the life of one construction worker, Time Warner Cable News reported.

According to the report, the crane collapse happened near East 44th Street and Second Avenue. Authorities said the boom crane truck Trevor Loftus was driving experienced a mechanical malfunction, prompting him to get out of the vehicle to check it out. While inspecting the equipment, the crane fell down and crushed him.

The NYC’s Department of Buildings has issued a stop-work order while authorities investigate the incident. Authorities believe that the incident was caused by a hydraulics malfunction and not by any building issue.

Trevor Loftus was an Irish immigrant living in Yonkers. Neighbors of Trevor were shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic, unexpected loss. “I can’t believe that one day, you go to work and you’re not here anymore,” one of his neighbors said.

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