5 injured after scaffolding collapses into the street in Lower Manhattan

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Sunday, November 19, 2017
Raw video: Scaffolding collapse scene in Lower Manhattan
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Video from reporter Aaron Katersky shows the scene of a scaffolding collapse in SoHo/Lower Manhattan.

SOHO, Manhattan -- Five people were hurt after scaffolding collapsed into the street in Lower Manhattan Sunday morning.

The incident happened just after 11:30 a.m. near the intersection of Broadway and Prince in SoHo.

Pictures from the scene show wooden planks all over the street, and FDNY firefighters at the scene.

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FDNY officials said "we're absolutely lucky" there aren't more injured in this busy neighborhood. The scaffolding collapsed over a subway entrance, but thankfully no train had let out at the time.

Investigators said strong wind is to blame for the collapse. A piece of plywood "acted like a sail" and blew the whole rig down.

Cellphone video shot moments after the collapse shows bystanders running in to help people trapped:

Two people had to be rescued from under the rubble. They and three others were taken to the hospital to be treated for minor, non-life threatening injuries.


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