Frightening: High winds from Hurricane Sandy cause partial crane collapse in NYC

Numerous media outlets are reporting a partial crane collapse at a high-rise on West 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan.

Top portion of a 70+ storey crane collapses at a building project at 157 W. 57th St, in Manhattan. #Sandy #NYC twitter.com/Matrix_Travele…

— SteveV (@Matrix_Traveler) October 29, 2012

A crane on top of a building on W 57th street is breaking… please stay safe folks. #Sandy twitter.com/PiersTonight/s…

— Piers Morgan Tonight (@PiersTonight) October 29, 2012

Broken crane outside my office now live on CNN – completely buckled, and dangling dangerously over midtown Manhattan. #Sandy #NY

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 29, 2012

Damaged, dangling crane atop (for now) 1 57th Street NYC. twitter.com/jonathanwald/s…

— Jonathan Wald (@jonathanwald) October 29, 2012

This crane collapse is scary on West 57th! #sandy

— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) October 29, 2012

This is a 90 story luxury condo. Why they didn’t take down this crane is beyond me. #Sandy

— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) October 29, 2012

Here’s a better shot of #Sandy-damaged crane on new 57th St. hi-rise danglingin wind. instagr.am/p/RYGSPsKWiS/

— Jonathan Wald (@jonathanwald) October 29, 2012

That broken crane is dangling from the tallest residential building in NY, right outside CNN in NY. Alarming. #Sandy twitter.com/piersmorgan/st…

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 29, 2012

That broken crane is dangling from the tallest residential building in NY, right outside CNN in NY. Alarming. #Sandy twitter.com/piersmorgan/st…

— peter (@smartboiATL) October 29, 2012

Direct view of crane from apartment window. Crane was never properly secured, blowing in the breeze. fb.me/1Ybwhz6bk

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 29, 2012

All weights are on crane’s wrong side —very precarious below, move out!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 29, 2012

PHOTO: Wow “View of crane through a telescope.. It’s already broken off & is definetely going to fall” RT @cmwdotme twitter.com/newsbreaker/st…

— NewsBreaker (@newsbreaker) October 29, 2012

Apparently, Carnegie Hall would be in the path of the crane should it fall:

“The crane is poised to plunge into Carnegie Hall!” (Actual quote) #CraneWatch2012 #Sandy

— Geri Fletcher (@ggfletcher) October 29, 2012

This dangling crane is reportedly poised to spear into Carnegie Hall… flickr.com/photos/scripti…

— NickdMiller (@NickdMiller) October 29, 2012

Building residents have been evacuated:

NYPD spokesperson tells me residents on west 57th between 6 and 7th st are evacuating to lower floors of buildings due to crane collapse.

— Julia La Roche (@SallyPancakes) October 29, 2012

That crane is coming down. RT @nyscanner: 157 West 57 St 3 Alarm being transmitted for the Crane that is about the fall onto the street.

— Mark Dorison (@markdorison) October 29, 2012

Please stay safe, everyone.

Twitchy will continue to monitor this story and bring you updates.

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A couple of crane-related parody accounts quickly sprang up on Twitter:

not one but TWO parody accounts: @one57crane and @danglingcrane. my take: new yorkers who don’t usually work at home aren’t so good at it.

— adam j. sontag (@ajpiano) October 29, 2012

@DanglingCrane was swiftly shut down:

@ajpiano hah and @danglingcrane was suspended already?!@? wow.

— Karl Tiedt (@ktiedt) October 29, 2012

As of now, the @One57Crane account is still active.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/10/29/frightening-high-winds-from-hurricane-sandy-cause-partial-crane-collapse-in-nyc/

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