Horrifying security footage shows NYC woman miraculously escape after crane collapses onto car

The boom truck was carrying a cargo of rebar at the construction site of an 11-story skyscraper in New York

Horrifying security footage shows NYC woman miraculously escape after crane collapses onto car
The crane collapsed onto the car as it stopped at a red light (Screenshot from DailyMail website)
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BRONX, NEW YORK: A man and a woman narrowly escaped being killed by a collapsing crane as it smashed the roof of a car. The woman in the car escaped with minor injuries in what could have been a lethal blow.

In a horrifying video, a silver Ford Focus in the Bronx, New York City, is seen being struck by a massive crane. The vehicle's roof is shattered while it is stopped at a red light, but the 22-year-old female driver manages to escape with just minor injuries. As the crane dropped, a construction worker who was passing by to assist with traffic direction ran away. The near-fatal event, which left one bystander grasping his head in astonishment after the crash missed him, was captured on surveillance footage from surrounding businesses. The crane lift fell into the road at approximately 10.30 am when the boom truck was carrying a cargo of rebar at the construction site of an 11-story skyscraper at the intersection of Bedford Park Boulevard and Villa Avenue.

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The silver four-door sedan's roof was crushed, and the vehicle was rocked back and forth as the enormous steel hydraulic lift fell on it and came to a halt at the stop sign. The yellow traffic light and other metal pieces crashed onto the road, just missing a man who was running for shelter with a little shopping bag. Thereafter, a chaotic situation ensued as onlookers and rescue workers encircled the car and made an effort to free the driver and passenger. Following the collision, the man carrying the bag continued to walk while crossing Bedford Park Boulevard. The video can be seen here.

The New York City Fire Department removed 29 construction employees from the site, and the Department of Buildings halted work on the structure until the accident was investigated. Andrew Rudansky, a spokesperson for the Department of Buildings, told Daily Mail, "Our preliminary investigation has determined that the boom truck was making a delivery, lifting a load of rebar from a trailer and onto the roof of the construction project, when the arm of the boom failed and collapsed onto the adjacent roadway."

After the incident, municipal building inspectors conducted a more complete investigation and discovered multiple safety breaches. They issued citations for failing to secure the work site, failing to place the construction elevator correctly, and failing to get electrical permits for the temporary lights and standpipe compressor used at the site. Construction on the building has been put on hold by the city Department of Buildings until the issues with the site are addressed.

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