Work Stalls on World Trade Center as Steel Beams Fall 40 Stories

Work was halted today at the World Trade Center construction site in lower Manhattan after a crane dropped steel beams that fell about 40 stories onto the truck that delivered them, the general contractor said.

No one was injured in the accident, which happened around 10 a.m., said John P. Gallagher, spokesman for Tishman Construction Corp., which is building the 72-story tower at 4 World Trade Center. The site is partially shut down pending an investigation, he said in an e-mailed statement.

Steel was being hoisted on the south side of the skyscraper when a cable snapped, sending the beams falling, said Rich Viglione, a New York Fire Department spokesman. Debris from the accident was confined to the work site, he said.

The tower is being built by developer Larry Silverstein, under a lease from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the 16-acre site. Work on the adjacent transit hub was continuing, according to Steve Coleman, the authority’s spokesman. The nearby 9/11 Memorial remained open, said Michael Frazier, a spokesman.

“We are investigating the matter in full cooperation with the Port Authority, FDNY and the NYC Department of Buildings,” Gallagher said in the statement.

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