2 pedestrians critically injured by stair that fell off fire escape in SoHo: police

SOHO, Manhattan — Two pedestrians were struck by a stair that fell off a fire escape of a seventh story apartment in SoHo Friday afternoon, according to police.

The incident happened on Howard Street at Broadway in SoHo, near Little Italy, police confirmed around 1:40 p.m. Numerous shops and apartments are located in the area.

The stair came loose when an engineer, hired by the building owner to inspect the building, stepped onto the fire escape.

The piece of metal fell and struck a man and a woman walking on the sidewalk underneath. The two were seriously injured and taken to a hospital, according to fire officials.