Eyewitness: New York crane collapse
Anthony Aucar, a grade 11 student in New York, was asleep this morning when a collapsed crane hit his building. This is his account of the accident:
"As you all heard a crane has collapsed near the construction of 333E 91st Street. That crane fell on the building across from the construction site, and that is the exact building where I live. A specific part of the building was hit.
The crane fell at about 8am. At that time the fire department arrived at the site in a few minutes which was very good. All the people living in the building (354E 91st Street) were evacuated, and they do not know currently if they can spend the night in their apartment or even get some official papers and ID such as passports, social security cards, etc.
When the crane fell, I was in my bed sleeping. When it
happened, I felt the whole building shaking, and windows cracking, as well as people yelling; probably workers who were in the construction site yelling and panicking. I knew that part of the building got hit, but with the panic and the fact that I was really shocked, I didn’t think of checking the effects of the damage.
At first I thought that it was an explosion or something like that. I was a bit terrified but more in shock. Later on the mayor came to make a statement concerning this incident.
As I heard but I am not exactly sure, apparently there have been problems in the same construction site around March 20th and another time on March 27th. Now, the investigation is still pushing forward, and people living in the building that were hit by the crane are still wondering when they can go get their stuff, and if they can spend the night in their apartment.
I heard as well that a school near the site on 88th Street is accessible to all who need any kind of help, due to the accident.
I am now thinking about the incident, and I thank God I am still alive, and that it is not worse than it is because it could have been.
It was a difficult morning, but we can’t change what happened. We just have to fix the damages, and life goes on, as we all say."