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Bride caught in the chaos of a collapsed crane in New York

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One 38-year-old has died while sitting in his parked car after a construction crane collapsed in lower Manhattan at 8:24am, leaving at least three others injured, authorities said. The crane, at 57 Worth Street near Church Street and West Broadway in Tribeca, was being lowered and secured when it plummeted between 15 and 18 stories, clipping two buildings as it fell on a line of parked cars. Another victim was trapped in a vehicle, but they have been rescued, authorities say. Two were seriously injured along with one firefighter. All three have been taken to Bellevue Hospital Center.It is unclear why the crane fell, but a permit was issued for it to move generators and air conditioning equipment at the former Wester Union building at 60 Hudson Street. The crane was parked on Worth Street, and the incident occurred as the crane was being lowered in order to secure it during the snowy and windy conditions. Officials had already directed people away from the area as they were lowering the crane. Mayor Bill deBlasio said it was a sad situation, but added: 'Thank God it was not any worse. It's something of a miracle that there wasn't more impact.' The NYPD's Sergeants Benevolent Association was across the street, and members of the union rushed out, making them the first on the scene. Vice President Bob Ganley of the association said: 'It was surreal. It was like a war zone when it first happened.' Kuvanya Pila, 21, was at a nearby beauty salon getting her hair done with her mother and sister before her wedding at City Hall. Fire officials helped Pila and her family make in time for her wedding. She said: 'When it dropped, we could hear the [place] shake. It was just scary, cause things have been scary since 9/11.' One witness told ABC7: 'I could hear the bending of metal. I think it hit the side of the building. 'I didn't know what was happening because it was happening so fast.' CBS Local reported another witness said: 'I couldn’t believe it. The other day, I was just thinking I hope this doesn’t fall and then it happened. It bounced off two buildings and crushed every single car on that block.' Other witnesses said the collapse 'felt like a bomb' or an earthquake. The cab of the crane can be seen completely flipped over on Worth Street as ambulances and firefighters are on the scene The stability of nearby buildings is being checked since the collapse may have affected a water and gas main. ConEdison is on the scene, since a gas odor was detected at 57 Worth Street, authorities say. Richard Yako, a senior specialist in emergecy response for ConEd, said: 'The pipe cannot withstand a tremendous impact like that.' At a press conference held at the scene, he said the company is scanning all the buildings constantly to ensure there is not a gas leak.