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Eight People Injured in New York City Construction Accident

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A construction accident, Wednesday, injured eight people when a construction crane bucket fell 53 stories from the top of a skyscraper, crashing into the mid-Manhattan building’s glass facade raining down debris.

The accident occurred at 1 p.m., at One Bryant Park, the site of a Bank of America Tower that is currently under construction at 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, according to a New York City Deputy Fire Chief.

“All of a sudden tiny little pellets of glass were flying every place,” said Charles Fiesel, 42, who was walking on 6th Avenue.

He said he grabbed a woman who was passing by and they ducked under scaffolding at the base of the building, avoiding injury.

Several window panes were broken on many floors of the tower and glass was strewn about the street. Eight people suffered cuts, scrapes and bruises – four passer-by and four construction workers.

At this time cleanup is expected to take several hours or more.