5 hurt after scaffolding collapses in Soho

Several injured in scaffolding collapse

At least five people were injured in New York City Sunday after winds took down scaffolding at Broadway and Prince Street. Five people were injured by the debris, according to a CBS News report. Pictures from the scene show wooden planks all over the street, and FDNY firefighters at the scene. The area is clogged with shoppers and tourists and fire officials say it's lucky there were no more injuries.

First responders were on the scene quickly, Deputy Chief Chris Boyle of the FDNY told the New York Daily News.

The fire department says the injuries were minor and non-life threatening.

At least one person was said to have been trapped in the collapse and has since been freed, officials said. 2 were in serious but stable condition, and 3 suffered minor injuries.

Several injured in scaffolding collapse

The incident occurred just after 11.30am, although it's unclear what caused the 20-foot-high scaffolding to cave in near the intersection of Broadway and Prince Street in SoHo.

'I saw that her head was cracked open and her leg was folded, nearly out of place.

"Everybody ran from the store to try to remove the rubble before anybody arrived", one witness told CBS New York.

"We can do a better job at keeping New Yorkers safe, by making sure building repairs are done as soon as possible and scaffolding are up for no longer than they have to be".



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