Last of 7 bodies recovered from rubble of NYC crane collapse - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Last of 7 bodies recovered from rubble of NYC crane collapse

NEW YORK (AP) - The last of seven bodies has been pulled from the rubble at the site of a crane collapse in Manhattan.

Six construction workers and a woman in town for St. Patrick's Day were killed Saturday when the crane broke away from an apartment tower under construction and toppled like a tree onto buildings as far as a block away. The last three bodies were found Monday.

Officials say a preliminary investigation shows that the crane toppled when a steel collar used to tie it to the side of the building fell as workers attempted to install it. That damaged a lower steel collar that supported the crane.

Investigators say that with the elimination of the lower support the counter-weights at the top of the crane's tower caused it to fall.

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