Second person dies following Manhattan crane collapse

(05/30/08) NEW YORK - The New York City medical examiner says a second person has died as a result of the construction crane collapse on Manhattan's Upper East Side. The medical examiner's spokeswoman,

News 12 Staff

May 30, 2008, 11:28 PM

Updated 5,889 days ago

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(05/30/08) NEW YORK - The New York City medical examiner says a second person has died as a result of the construction crane collapse on Manhattan's Upper East Side.
The medical examiner's spokeswoman, Ellen Borakove, says the victim was a 27-year-old man, Ramadan Kurtas. The accident Friday also killed the crane's operator, identified as 30-year-old Donald Leo of Staten Island. A third construction worker was seriously injured, and one pedestrian was treated for minor injuries.
The construction crane smashed into a nearby 23-story apartment building as it crashed onto the street below.
City building department records show that inspectors stopped crane work twice last month, once because they said a crane lacked the proper permit and was being operated in an unsafe manner.
It was the second deadly crane accident in 2 and a half months in the city, which is undergoing a building boom. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the latest collapse was "unacceptable," and the city would investigate.The general contractor on the project is Leon D. DeMatteis Construction Corp. of Elmont.
Chopper 12 footage from above the collapse scene
Mayor Bloomberg's initial reaction to crane collapse


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