Several People Injured After Scaffolding Collapse in Lower Manhattan

The scene of a scaffolding collapse on the corner of Prince Street and Broadway.
Matthew McDermott

New Yorkers will do anything to help their fellow man – and here’s the video to prove it.

After a scaffold collapsed Sunday in lower Manhattan, trapping two people underneath, dozens of New Yorkers pitched in to pull off hunks of debris and save them.

Jonathan Mejia, a vendor at Artists and Fleas said he saw the scaffolding burst at Prince and Broadway from where he was standing.

“I saw it fall, I heard a banging, wood falling. It was really loud,” he told The Post.

Like others on the scene, Mejia said he didn’t think twice about running over to help.

“There was someone underneath that needed my help. We started moving things away. There were maybe 15 of us,” he said.

The Big Apple team lifted long beams and metal sheets, threw them to the side, and managed to free the woman within a couple of minutes, he said.

“I saw that her head was cracked open and her leg was folded, almost out of place. She looked at us and said, ‘What happened?’, he said.

FDNY Deputy Chief Joseph Lonino said the accident happened at 11:40 a.m. when a strong gust of wind blew over the shed that was propping up the scaffold.

“At this corner, it’s very, very breezy,” said Lonino from the scene, where he said three pedestrians were hit by falling debris and two were trapped inside.

“It was a very high shed, the windows are approximately 20 feet tall. The scaffold is about 20 feet high. The exterior plywood panels acted as kind of a sail, and it blew the shed over.”

Lonino said there were a total of five injuries – all minor.

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SOURCE: NY Post, Khristina Narizhnaya, Daniel Prendergast and Linda Massarella