Crane topples onto Queens building under construction

A crane toppled onto a Queens building under construction Friday morning, officials said. 

The commercial boom truck fell along the side and on top of the two-story building on 36th Avenue near 35th Street around Dutch Kills about 8:30 a.m., according to FDNY and Department of Buildings officials. 

Workers told PIX 11 that the crane was loading steel beams into place at the site of the new apartment building when the load apparently became too heavy.  

No one was hurt, officials said. The cause remains under investigation.

“We got a report that there [were] only two workers inside the building under construction. They were also removed,” FDNY Captain Carmine Calderaro said at the scene.

“We had an aerial view of all sides, and we were pretty confident we did our due diligence to make sure nobody was in the building right now.

“Apparently, they were doing some work. The crane was up and moving some equipment around. That’s all I can tell you at this time.”

A dozen FDNY units responded, with 60 members.

Another building to the rear of the site sustained minor damage to the parapet wall, the fire official said.

The Department of Buildings confirmed that an inspector is on scene, and the investigation is ongoing.

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