At Least One Dead In New York City Crane Collapse

A witness said the collapse "looked like an avalanche."

A crane collapsed in New York City on Friday morning, killing at least one person and injuring at least three. None of those injuries are considered life-threatening, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a press conference.

Amid heavy snow and high winds, the crane smashed a line of cars parked on a street in lower Manhattan's Tribeca neighborhood around 8:25 a.m. Workers were securing and moving the crane when it toppled over, de Blasio said. It stretches about two city blocks, according to CBS New York.

David Wichs, 38, has been identified as the man killed by the crane collapse, The Associated Press reports. De Blasio previously said the victim was in his car at the time, but police say Wichs was walking along the road when he was struck, according to the AP. 

"It looked like an avalanche -- or that the roof was caving in from the snow," witness Jesse Natale, who was stopped at a red light during the incident, told the New York Daily News. 

One of the people injured in the collapse was inside a vehicle at the time and had to be extricated by firefighters, according to the Daily News. 

Several buildings in the area were evacuated, the AP reports.

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