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NYC company owner indicted in 2008 crane collapse

Debris is scattered on the ground at the

Debris is scattered on the ground at the scene of a crane collapse on Manhattan's Upper East Side at 91st Street and 1st Avenue. (May 30, 2008) Photo Credit: Getty Images

NEW YORK (AP) — A crane company owner has been indicted on manslaughter and other charges after one of his 200-foot rigs collapsed and killed two workers in Manhattan in 2008.

Prosecutors announced the indictment against James Lomma on Monday. It also names two of Lomma’s companies, New York Crane & Equipment Corp. and J.F. Lomma Inc.

A former mechanic with New York Crane & Equipment also was indicted.

Defense lawyers didn’t immediately return calls.

The top of the giant crane snapped and crashed onto an apartment building in May 2008.

It happened a little more than two months after another crane collapsed elsewhere in Manhattan and killed seven people.

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