MANHATTAN, NY – July 8, 2020 – According to an online news story posted on NYPost.com, a portion of a building’s brick facade in Midtown Manhattan crumbled onto the street below, causing injury to a pedestrian. The accident occurred on Wednesday morning and caused a significant traffic jam, and the collapse damaged at least one parked car, according to law enforcement. The five-story building’s brick facade collapsed onto 38th Street close to Third Avenue in Murray Hill at approximately 11:50 a.m., according to the New York City Fire Department.
One pedestrian was struck by the falling debris and is receiving medical treatment. The condition of the injury victim has not been determined at this time. Also, a black Cadillac car that was parked in front of the Midtown Manhattan building was crushed by the falling debris, according to the news report.
A few months ago, a famous Manhattan architect was tragically killed when falling bricks struck the architect. The city Department of Buildings cited the high-rise for hazardous conditions. The news report in that accident claims the owners of the building were aware of the structure crumbling for about one year and did not repair the facade, which killed the architect. The news story goes on to say that experts feel these types of accidents are entirely avoidable. The owners of the building in that fatal accident received a $1,250 citation for “Failure to maintain exterior building facade and appurtenances.”
The owners paid the fine, but never actually made the repairs, and the violation was still active Tuesday, records showed.
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