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Workers rescued from scaffold dangling 500 feet above NYC streets

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Curious onlookers try to record the scene at the top of the 600-foot hight Hearst skyscraper as two window washers whose scaffolding collapsed are rescued in New York, Wednesday, June 12, 2013.
Curious onlookers try to record the scene at the top of the 600-foot hight Hearst skyscraper as two window washers whose scaffolding collapsed are rescued in New York, Wednesday, June 12, 2013.Kathy Willens / AP

WNBC-TV: NYC -Two window washers trapped on a broken scaffold dangling outside the top of the 46-story Hearst Tower were pulled to safety in dramatic fashion Wednesday afternoon.  

The middle motor on the scaffolding lost power while the workers were servicing the window-washing equipment, according to sources, causing the V-shaped buckling of the structure. 

The workers were left dangling on the scaffolding 500 feet above Eighth Avenue when firefighters and NYPD emergency service unit officers were called to the scene shortly after 2:30 p.m. Continue reading

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