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(NEW YORK) — One fatality and several injuries have been confirmed after a construction crane fell in downtown Manhattan Friday morning.

Images of the crane, which fell around 8:40 a.m., show the crane lying on top of parked cars in the street.

It is still unclear if people were in the cars or if there were any additional injuries.

With a search of the area now complete, the New York Fire Department has confirmed the one fatality and injuries of three other in Friday’s incident.

There is no structural damage to any of the impacted buildings.

Former FDNY commissioner Thomas Von Essen told WABC that it is “too soon” to tell what caused the crash.

“It could have been a mistake. It could have been a malfunction in the equipment,” Von Essen told WABC. 

Crane falls in TriBeCa: Authorities say at least 1 trapped in car. https://t.co/TQ7iEciMN2 (Photo: Sean Campbell) pic.twitter.com/9AgQnKKrpy

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The images of the scene “make you think it’s twisted. It’s a whole block long. It was a very big crane so it’s easy for things to go wrong,” he said.

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