Cousins washing windows killed

The men were cousins
August 5, 2008 10:08:59 AM PDT
Two cousins washing windows were killed when their construction lift toppled over in Lower Manhattan this morning, Eyewitness News is told the men -- ages 35 and 37 -- died while working in front of the World Financial Center, at West and Vesey streets, at around 12:45 a.m.

They were apparently moving their construction lift, which can lift three to four stories into the air, when the vehicle hit a depression in the roadway. The lift toppled over, crushing them.

The workers were rushed to New York Downtown Hospital, where they were pronounced dead. Officials say one of the workers may have been on the lift, while the other was moving the vehicle.

According to reports the cousins live in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Pennsylvania, although it is believed they live in the area. They were apparently using the construction vehicle to wash windows at the World Financial Center. The construction vehicle, described as a self-propelled articulating boom, was being checked.

The mishap occurred in a construction area, although southbound lanes of West Street were closed for investigation.

WEB PRODUCED BY: Lakisha Bostick

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