Report: One Dead in Crane Accident at New York City Construction Site

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The 'mechanical malfunction' occurred at at site on East 44th Street between Second and Third Avenues. Andrew J. Hawkins

On Friday afternoon, a crane accident a construction site in New York City left one person dead, according to the New York Fire Department, as first reported by local media outlets. The site was located on East 44th Street between Second and Third Avenues in Manhattan.

A press officer with the fire department told Newsweek the death was caused due to a "mechanical malfunction, not a construction collapse." The spokesman said numerous emergency responders are on the scene, as is the Department of Buildings. "The scene is under control."

The fire department could not confirm if the person killed was a construction worker. They confirmed the victim is male and said an age could not be released. Authorities are working to notify the next of kin.

According to Andrew J. Hawkins, a reporter with Crain's New York Business who witnessed the incident, the injured worker had a sheet pulled over his head. Police officers covered the screen with sheeting as well, to prevent photographers from catching a glimpse inside the site.

In early April, a construction site at Madison Avenue and 41st Street, just a few blocks away from today's incident, partially collapsed and four construction workers were treated at Bellevue Hospital.

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