Glenn Zito and Chris Andropolis were on the 46th floor of 56 Leonard Street when they were warned of strong winds and told to move to lower floors. Then, as they were headed down, they stopped after noticing a crane that was swaying.
"We noticed that they decided to start lowering it down across the street," Zito said. "We decided to start videoing it, and as we were videoing it, it actually lost momentum as it was coming down. It gained speed, and then it flipped over."
Eyewitness News Lauren Glassberg spoke with the workers that caught the falling crane on video:
The massive crane came crashing down at Worth and Church streets in just before 8:30 a.m., clipping at least one building and landing across a row of parked cars.
"It was shocking," Zito said. "I mean, we didn't expect it to happen, but we were videoing it just in case."
One person was killed and three others injured, two seriously.
"This was definitely not bound to happen," Andropolis said. "This was a tragedy."