The images of wreckage from the construction accident in Manhattan were certainly eyecatching. CBS' Kelly Wallace and NBC's Lester Holt used amateur cellphone videotape from the New York Post's Website to illustrate their accounts of the crane cab's collapse. As it fell, it sheared off the balconies from a next-door 23-story apartment building. Ryan Owens (embargoed link) on ABC used his network's Virtual View computer animation to recreate the break-up that killed two construction workers. In an attempt to nationalize the story, all three reporters mentioned recent fatal crane collapses in Miami, Missouri and in New York City. Owens reported that "the number of these massive cranes has tripled in the past decade" while many cities, including New York, have reduced the number of building inspectors.
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