Manhattan, New York
It looks like a simple case of overload
A crane fell over near the Water Club restaurant on the East River during morning rush hour Wednesday.
A crane repairing a bulkhead near the Water Club restaurant in east Manhattan toppled on Wednesday morning, giving a shock to rush hour commuters along the FDR Dr.
No one was injured when 20-ton crane fell over a little before 9 a.m. while doing work on a bulkhead on the southern end of the famed East River eatery.
Workers said the crane was doing work on a bulkhead on the south end of the restaurant when it became snagged on a barge support beam and fell over.
Workers said the crane, which was on a work barge, got stuck on a support beam when it suddenly crashed forward, sending its back wheels in the air.
The scene slowed traffic along the FDR, while some passersby, including one pedaling a rented CitiBike, stopped to gawk and snap photos.
The odd scene caught the eye of commuters and by-passers during the mid-morning rush.
The crane, a Grove RT540E owned by Phoenix Marine, was properly set up and had all of its boom extended, so it looks as though it was a clear case of overload, possibly caused by the load hanging up. The Department of Buildings was looking into the incident, a spokesman said.