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Manhattan crane falls, killing 2

A construction crane collapsed Sunday in Midtown Manhattan, demolishing a building and killing two people, the New York Times reports.

According to witnesses the crane, which was about 15 stories tall fell across a street where it collided with a building Sunday afternoon. Official said that rescue efforts were underway and confirmed that there were injuries as well as two fatalities.

The sight of the accident was on 51st. street near 2nd avenue. The crane had been in place to assist construction on the building across the street.

The Associated Press reports that witnesses have commented on there being a strong smell of gas throughout the area.