|Tristan Michael Managhaya flattened by falling air condition|
A man was crushed and killed by a falling air condition in New York City, according to emergency workers.
An industrial air conditioner fell from a crane and crushed the 35-year-old worker to death in front of Bronx-Lebanon Hospital on Tuesday, police said.
The 40-foot long air conditioning unit was being hoisted from a truck on East 173rd Street and Grand Concourse to the roof of the hospital when it became loose and fell at 10:51 a.m., hitting the truck first and then turned over on the sidewalk right on top of the worker, Tristan Michael Managhaya of Jersey City, according to police.
Managhaya, who guided the crane operator, had no opportunity to escape, according to a witness.
"All I heard was snap" Joseph Contreras, 22, who left the hospital to have a cigarette, while his wife went into labor, said.
"I heard a loud snap and then the earth just shook like an earthquake. Everyone was screaming: 'He is underneath! He's down there!’"
Video showing massive machinery immediately after hitting the ground do not give any indication that the man was underneath.
"It's over for him. You cannot hear him scream, nothing," Contreras said. "I did not even see him."
Basically, someone shouted, "Is anyone below?!"
Contreras said it took firefighters an hour to remove the victim.
"He was completely flat, like a cartoon. It's crazy, anything can happen at any time," Contreras said.
Managhaya was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead, police said.