Entries in Collapse (6)


NYC Construction Crane Snaps in Hurricane Sandy, Prompting Evacuation Orders

@cmwdotme(NEW YORK) -- A construction crane atop of a New York City luxury high-rise building buckled and dangled dangerously over midtown Manhattan Monday amid high winds from Hurricane Sandy, prompting New York City officials to order residents in nearby buildings to evacuate.

The crane was perched close to the top of One57, a 1,004-foot luxury residential tower under construction near Central Park at 57th street, between 6th and 7th avenues.

“Due to a crane collapse at 157 West 57th Street in Manhattan, all occupants of buildings on West 57th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues must immediately move to the lower floors of your building and make contact with your building safety representative,” an email alert from the city said.

The collapsed part of the crane swayed in the wind for hours, as wind speeds from Hurricane Sandy expected to reach to 45 mph Monday afternoon and 80 mph by that night, according to the National Weather Service.

City police and fire department officials first responded to a report of a crane collapse at the 90-story building around 2:50 p.m. ET Monday. Police placed a cordon, about four blocks wide, to try to protect people stopping to gawk at the dangling, mangled metal wreck.

Upon completion, One57 will be New York City’s tallest residential building. The private building hosts nine full-floor luxury apartments, including two duplexes under contract for more than $90 million each and seven others ranging from $45 million to $50 million, according to the New York Times, which called One57 “the global billionaires’ club.”

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Two Injured after Jetway Collapses at Los Angeles Airport

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock (file photo)(LOS ANGELES) -- A pilot and a passenger from a Boston-to-Los Angeles American Airlines flight that landed safely at Los Angeles International Airport were hospitalized Wednesday night, after a jetway collapsed while they were exiting the plane.

According to officials, a small piece of floorboard next to the plane's exit door gave way, causing both victims to fall about 10 feet to the tarmac.

Matt Spence with the Los Angeles Fire Department said the two were "transported to a local hospital in fair condition with non-life-threatening injuries."

The rest of the passengers exited the plane using mobile stair trucks that were attached to the other doors, Spence said.

The plane was damaged in the incident and moved to a hangar for repairs, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The newspaper said American Airlines will be undergoing inspections of all of its jetways at LAX.  The cause of Wednesday's collapse is not yet known.

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Florida HS Soccer Star Dies after Second Collapse

Thinkstock Images/Comstock(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) -- A high school soccer star in Florida died Wednesday after collapsing two days before at track practice, and two weeks after doctors cleared her to return from a previous collapse, her parents said.

Sara Landauer, 17, was a standout in soccer and track and popular off the field at Eastside High School in Gainseville, people who knew her said.

"Not just a phenomenal athlete but a tremendous asset to the community," track coach Adrien Taylor said. "A young lady that inspired many young athletes. Not just athletes but many young people in general."

The high school junior died Wednesday morning in the hospital. After her collapse at practice, bystanders performed CPR and used a defibrillator to resuscitate her.

Sara had just finished practicing a 200-meter sprint when she fell unconscious.

Her parents have said they told doctors that Sara had recently had a cold but, beyond that, seemed perfectly healthy. It's unclear what caused her to collapse two weeks ago but doctors cleared her a few days later, after a battery of tests, to return to the field.

Roger Dearing, executive director of the Florida High School Athletic Association, told the Gainesville Sun, "We require medical clearance. If that happens, and the parents are fine with it, we really don't have the authority to say she can't continue."

The news of her death came a day after the funeral for 16-year-old Michigan high school basketball star Wes Leonard and the recent death of Matthew Hammerdorfer, a 17-year-old boy who collapsed and died from cardiac arrest during a rugby game in Colorado.

Wes' Fennville, Mich., team played their second game without him on the court Monday.

Wes was later found to have had an enlarged heart, but Sara's cause of death is still unknown.

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High School Basketball Player Dies After Making Game Winning Shot

Thomas Northcut/Thinkstock(FENNVILLE, Mich.) -- A star basketball player from Michigan's Fennville High School died Thursday after leading his team to victory.

According to a hospital spokeswoman, 16-year-old Wes Leonard collapsed Thursday night after hitting a game-winning shot in overtime.  Leonard fell to the floor as people began rushing the court.

He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead.  The cause behind his collapse is still unknown.

Leonard was not only a star basketball player, but also the quarterback for the school's football team.  His winning basket Thursday night brought the Fennville Blackhawks to a 20-0 season.

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Stadium's Roof Deflates Under Pressure from Winter Storm

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Harsh weather has collapsed the Metrodome in Minneapolis. The panels of the Metrodome roof started giving way around 5 a.m. and deflated after the storm, which dumped more than 17 inches of snow on the city, Chairman of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission Roy Terwilliger told ABC News affiliate KSTP in Minneapolis - St. Paul.

A Sunday NFL football game between the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings had already been pushed to Monday, as the Giants were stranded in Kansas City, unable to reach Minneapolis after the Twin Cities' airport was closed. The game will be played in Detroit on Monday.

Terwilliger says this has only happened three other times in the Metrodome's history, the last being on April 14, 1983. Workers were being kept out of the Metrodome for safety reasons Sunday morning, but crews were back on top of it late Sunday morning clearing snow.

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Monster Storm Blankets Midwest, Creates Travel Chaos

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(MINNEAPOLIS) -- A wallop of a snowstorm tore through the Midwest with up to two feet of snow and winds up to 50 miles per hour. The storm has affected 1500 miles from the Plains to the Great Lakes and the Midwest all the way to the Gulf.

It created travel chaos. Three airports were forced to close and roads were forced to shut down in five states. More than 17 inches of snow was measured at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, making this the area’s fifth biggest storm on record and the greatest snow total since 1991. Nasty conditions were to blame for at least 76 accidents. More than 300 cars slid off the road. The 4.2-million-square-foot Mall of America closed early on Saturday.

In Wisconsin, near-whiteout conditions prompted authorities to put out a no-travel advisory.

The Metrodome suffered structural damage Sunday morning as a result of the storm, hours before the Minnesota Vikings were originally scheduled to host the New York Giants. Officials on Saturday postponed the game until Monday. The Giants were stranded in Kansas City overnight Saturday when their charter plane couldn’t land in the snowy Twin Cities.

Roy Terwilliger of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission tells ABC News Minneapolis-St. Paul affiliate KSTP that the facility has encountered similar problems only three times before, the last time in 1983.

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