Crane falls on cars in New York; one dead, at least three injured

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NEW YORK -- A crane collapsed onto cars in front of a building in New York on Friday morning, killing one person and injuring at least three others, according to WPIX.

Despite initial fears, Michael Parella, a department spokesman, said there's no indication any others were trapped in the collapse, though searches were underway to make sure.

Two people were seriously hurt in the collapse, according to Parella, while one suffered a minor injury.

Twitter lit up with images showing the large crane lying on a city street as well as first responders who rushed to the scene.

Some showed the crane, including its tracks, upside down with its boom resting alongside several buildings.

The fire department dispatched 33 units with 138 personnel to the scene at 40 Worth St. and West Broadway after the crane collapsed shortly before 8:30 a.m.

New York Law School evacuated its campus and canceled classes until Monday due to the collapse, spokeswoman Silvia Alvarez said.

It's not immediately known what caused the collapse.

New York was under a winter weather advisory Friday morning, with the forecast calling for snow and sustained winds between 16 mph and 18 mph, and gusts as strong as 29 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

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