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Long Island City crane collapse

A crane collapse at a Long Island City construction site has injured seven workers.

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Three construction workers were pinned Wednesday underneath a massive crane that collapsed in Long Island City, but the total of seven workers who were injured sustained minor injuries.

The collapse of the 60-to-80-foot crane happened at a construction site behind the Pepsi-Cola sign on the East River about 2:30 p.m. It came down while workers were moving lumber at the work site on Center Boulevard. The work site is expected to become the home to a new residential tower by March of 2014.

Long Island City crane accident

One of seven workers injured in the Long Island City crane collapse on Wednesday.

The Department of Buildings was investigating and the crane operator was questioned.

Residents say the massive crane went up a couple of days ago, with the street closed for the entire day for it to be rigged up.

Michael Safron, a resident, said he saw the crane Tuesday when he visited a nearby playground with his daughter  and became concerned enough about it to head home.

“You’ve got a lot of construction going on around here. So yeah, stuff happens.”

Seven workers were injured in a crane collapse at a construction site in Long Island City Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. The tall red crane appeared to fold down upon the building, which is now about a story high.

The most serious injury was a broken leg sustained by a worker.  All the injuries were confined to the construction site, which is behind the iconic Pepsi-Cola sign on the East River.  Two of the injured workers were taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, two to Weill Cornell Medical Center and the rest to other local  hospitals.

The cause of the accident remains unclear.

Long Island City

The crane collapsed at a construction site behind the famed Pepsi-Cola sign in Long Island City. (Narmeen Choudhury/PIX11 News)

The incident happened at 47-27 Center Boulevard, near 47th Avenue in an area that has seen a burst of residential construction in recent years, mostly tall glass towers.

Crane collapse

The crane collapsed on a construction site that was about a story tall. (Narmeen Choudhury/PIX11 News)

The crane collapse is the second prominent failure at a construction site in recent months.

A crane famously dangled from the top of a midtown tower under construction that was loosened during Hurricane Sandy.

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