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Families of crane collapse victims sue

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">A large crane lies in this intersection on the Upper East Side after it collapsed in this Friday, May 30, 2008 file photo taken in New York.  &#40;AP Photo&#47;Dima Gavrysh, File&#41;</span></div>
March 30, 2009 9:39:19 AM PDT
The families of two men killed in a crane collapse have sued New York City, several construction companies, and crane owners and operators. The victims were 30-year-old Donald Leo and 27-year-old Ramadan Kurtaj. They died when the crane fell on Manhattan's Upper East Side on May 30, 2008.

The two wrongful death lawsuits were filed Monday in state Supreme Court.

They say New York Crane and Equipment Corp. put a defective 200-foot crane into service and the city allowed it to happen.

The city and the head of New York Crane, James F. Lomma, did not immediately return calls for comment.

The lawsuits seek unspecified damages.


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