Three Workers Injured in Crane Accident at Astoria Construction Site

Posted June 21, 2017

- A construction crane lifting materials accidentally dropped its load, which then crashed into a building in Queens Tuesday afternoon. He or she appeared to be conscious but had critical injuries, officials said.

The third worker was being loaded into an ambulance as of 5:38 p.m.

Initially it was believed to have been a crane that collapsed but FDNY clarified that it was a roof. Our sister station WABC-TV reports workers were loading construction material onto the roof when it collapsed underneath them.

The incident happened just after 3:30 p.m.in Queens.

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One of the workers, described as a 37-year-old man, removed himself from the rubble and was in serious but critical condition, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.

Emergency crews and dozens of firefighters responded to the emergency.

Some of the firefighters were tending to the victims as others created a sort of bucket brigade to remove the debris that had fallen into the basement and ground floor of the building. It is reportedly a two-story building that has been permitted to add a third story.