Deadly crane accident - New York City

NEW YORK (AFP) ? A towering construction crane crashed onto a New York residential building on Saturday, killing at least four people and injuring four others, US media reported.

Some remained trapped inside the Manhattan building after the massive white crane struck it in the early afternoon, NY1 News television and The New York Times reported online.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer told reporters that residents had complained of security violations at the construction site since January.

"We lost four persons, four innocent victims on a sunny afternoon. Enough is enough," the elected official said.

New York police chief Raymond Kelly was at the scene of the accident while Mayor Michael Bloomberg was on his way there.

People at the scene told NY1 that they heard a loud explosion, smelled a strong gas odor and saw a thick yellow dust cloud.