NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A crane cable snapped sending a 30-tons of steel crashing about 40 stories into a closed-off area at the World Trade Center construction site.

The Fire Department says some of the beams fell on an unoccupied flat-bed truck which was delivering supplies to the site.

“The truck was smashed,” one witness told 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks.

Pablo Guzman reports one construction worker nearby suffered minor scrapes and bruises.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports

He was looked at by emergency responders at the scene but was not taken to the hospital.

The incident took place at about 10 a.m. near Church and Cortlandt Street at Four World Trade Center.

It is unclear how high the load had been lifted before it dropped.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell With Reaction From Ground Level

Number 1 train service was suspended south of Chambers Street for about an hour.

Comments (25)
  1. Joel says:

    HEHEHEHEHE Dropping loads.

  2. michaelfury says:

    How long did it take them to fall 40 stories?

  3. Bernard Manning says:

    I drop a load every day-sometimes more. Big deal.

  4. gerald estabrook says:

    pablo you dumb ass those were not columns did you see the angles welded on the
    top side of the iron that is for hand rail around the perimeter or an opening . i know you not an ironworker so you get a pass sorry for calling you a dumbass

  5. LA says:

    Great, so now we can expect another toll hike at the bridges and tunnels to pay for any damage caused.

  6. I witness 9-11 says:

    It is always Human error.
    Lucky people below heavy load

    This is a tragic & sad area of New York City no matter what the building developers tell us with spin & PR controls.

  7. lee says:

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close those bad cases.
    There is evidence that employees from DoD, CIA and DOJ accepted bribes from Al Quida.
    How is it that 12 of the 9/11 terrorists could live for 2 weeks just 2 miles from NSA head quarters in Maryland.This after several of them had taken flight simulator lessons on Jumbo jet trainers and several of them where on State department terror watch lists.
    There is evidence that employees from DoD, CIA and DOJ accepted bribes from Al Quida.
    If DoJ and DoD employees where more concerned with doing their jobs than enriching themselves by stealing from suspects and taking bribes, then there might have been more a chance that 9/11 had never happened.

    1. Alfred Quida says:

      lee…lee…lee: for the last time, STOP dragging my good name into this!

  8. Stan Sullivan III says:

    Why does the copy state that it was unclear how high the load was lifted? Both reporters stated the beam fell 40 stories.

  9. Bullett says:

    This wasn’t human error people, read between the lines “A crane cable snapped”. Let’s all be thankful there were no fatalities .

    1. Rugbyball says:

      It’s the Oil Mans job, person who greases the joints and is in charge of the maintenance of the rig, to inspect the cables and schedule to replace them as they age/wear out. Unless they where making a pick that was way to heavy for the crane this should never happen.

      1. Rugbyball says:

        Now that I think of it,I bet the crane cable didn’t break but the sling(s) used to attach to the beams broke, those are not the Oil Mans responsibility, and I have seen some REALLY old one used, especially the big nylon straps some would use for lifting timber/lumber and other non-steel items, those things sometimes look like fuzz balls with all the fraying they have.

  10. lisa says:

    I take the Path train every day to and from the WTC station and I was just thinking about this yesterday walking to the train station. I was looking up at these cranes and wondering if they are safe. I hope they will look further into what happen so that there are no more accidents.

    1. roneida says:

      If they have concerned citisens like your self they will shut down the whole city until all the work is done

  11. Meme Meyagi says:

    I hope it doesn’t interfere with the lunchtime drinking……

    1. Local 3 says:

      You’re an A$$#&LE….

      1. Local10ShovelLeaners says:

        You tell em!

    2. Bridget says:

      Tired of writing What is do about 10,0000 Mooslimes living in the US?

      1. GED?? says:

        Obviously, you are tired of learning too…. ESL Classes girl..

      2. Charles says:

        Be careful with that. A lot of these people are americans with muslim sounding screen names, trying to incur hatred for muslims by doing stuff like this. .

      3. Michael H. says:

        GED?? and Charles should be aware that Meme Meyagi’s catch phrase is something along the lines of “what is being done about 7 million mooslimes [sic] in the US?”. for a long time it was his only post and was on almost every article. he is a lonesome troll who has nothing better to do with his life.

    3. Cathy says:

      Inconsiderate Meme.. You have no idea the danger in construction sites….

  12. sallyMay says:

    Bloomberg, bid-rigging legacy

  13. JOE says:


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