Workers at the World Trade Center got a scare when a crane cable snapped â€” and thousands of pounds of steel fell 40 stories down on a flatbed truck. Click below to read the rest of the story.
beams demolished the vehicle and just missed crushing the crane operator, who was rattled by his near-death experience but otherwise unhurt.
â€œItâ€™s a miracleâ€ nobody was killed, said steamfitter Mark Sherank, 45, who was in the middle of a safety meeting in nearby Building 4 when the steel fell.
“I looked outside I saw the truck t’s a pancake now,â€ he said. â€œA noise like that, you know something’s wrong.”
Another steamfitter, 43-year-old Erid Redd, said â€œthe whole building shook.â€
The impact sent up a cloud of dust and â€œthe scene was chaos,â€ added an ironworker in Building 4.
â€œEverybody was running to see if they could help,â€ said the worker, who declined to give his name. â€œSuddenly there was a lot of noise and everybody ran for cover.â€
The mighty crash also startled occupants of the nearby buildings â€” many of whom harbor horrific memories of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
â€œWe came out because someone heard a boom,â€ said one woman, nervously smoking outside the Brooks Brothers store on Church St. â€œIt brought back bad memories.â€
The accident happened just before 10 a.m. near Church and Cortlandt Sts., toward the southeast corner of the 16-acre site, police and officials said.
â€œThe cable of a crane broke, causing the steel it was lifting to fall approximately 40 stories back onto the flatbed truck that had transported the steel into the World Trade Center site,â€ said John Gallagher, spokesman for Tishman, the general contractor.
Gallagher did not say how heavy a load the crane was lifting, but workers estimated the steel weighed between 30,000 and 40,000 pounds.