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Manhattan Crane Accident Sends A/C Unit Crashing Onto Street

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New York City firefighters stand near the damaged facade of 261 Madison Ave. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

By    |   Monday, 01 Jun 2015 10:15 AM

A Manhattan crane accident left 10 people injured after a large air conditioning unit was dropped onto the street. The injured included pedestrians, drivers and workers.

"It was like a train car fell off the side of the building," Meredith Kelly, a tourist from Atlanta who was walking nearby, told NBC New York.

The A/C unit slipped its ties around 10:45 a.m. on Sunday morning, shearing the side of a 30-story building on Madison Avenue between 38th and 39th Street.

Two construction workers and a handful of pedestrians, and people driving in their cars were injured.

"Everyone went off of the scene awake and alert and oriented," said FDNY Assistant Chief Ron Spadafora, according to NY1 News.

"The two construction workers were taken to Bellvue the trauma center out of an over-abundance of caution. The others have been removed to NYU."

Parts of Madison Avenue and surrounding streets were closed following the incident.

Buildings Department Commissioner Rick Chandler said the crane company had the proper permit to move the A/C unit, and that there have been no official complaints about the crane.

Chandler and Mayor Bill de Blasio promised a full investigation into what caused the unit to fall, and the crane company released a statement Sunday night saying it was complying with investigators.

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