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Irish man dies in New York city
25 Apr 2015 22:10
An Irish man has died in New York city after part of a crane fell on top of him yesterday.
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The man has been named locally as 40-year-old Trevor Loftus.
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It is understood Mr Loftus owned a construction company and worked between New York and west Limerick over the past two years.
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The New York Fire Department told RTÉ News the incident happened at 11.30am (4.30pm Irish time) at 219 East 44th Street in Manhattan.
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They said the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
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The NYFD also said an investigation is under way as to why part of the crane malfunctioned and fell.
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Mr Loftus is survived by is his wife and two children who live in Croagh, Co Limerick.
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Local councillor Stephen Keary said his death has "shocked the community" as they "try to get their heads around the whole event".
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The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed it is aware of the incident and it will provide consular assistance if requested.
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