FDNY rescuers describe operation to save trapped construction workers in Queens

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ASTORIA, Queens — Crews will monitor the apartment involved in construction-site collapse Tuesday afternoon. Neighbors are allowed back to their homes but 28th Road remained closed into Wednesday morning.

Two people were rescued and rushed to a hospital in critical condition Tuesday after they were involved in an accident at a Queens construction site, FDNY officials said.

A third person was pulled out just before 5:30 p.m. and is in serious condition.

The accident happened just before 4 p.m. at 31-25 28th Road in Astoria, fire officials said. Falling material from a crane trapped two people in the basement of that location, according to the FDNY.

Emergency crews and dozens of firefighters responded to the scene.

In a tweeted update at 4:15 p.m., FDNY said two people had been transported to a hospital and that one other person was in the process of being extricated.

Initially, fire officials reported the incident as a crane collapse, but soon after said instead that a crane's load fell through the building after being placed on the roof.

According to the FDNY commissioner, the construction site received a shipment of building materials earlier in the day. A crane was being used to place the materials on the floor when it caved in trapping three workers.

The city reports all permits are in order. The NYC Department of Buildings and FDNY are monitoring the building. Officials are checking the order and the engineering report which would have noted the weight limits of the structure.

An engineer was not required to be on scene during the delivery.

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