A woman has died after a piece of debris fell onto her head in Times Square, CBS New York reports.
Erica Tishman, 60, was killed after the piece fell around 10:45 a.m. at 152 West 49th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
City inspectors from the Department of Buildings in New York City had reportedly warned of the possible danger of falling debris from the exterior terra cotta facade above the 15th floor of the building had not been maintained and posed a falling hazard to pedestrians.
“This is a tragedy, and the family and friends of the victim are in our thoughts. No pedestrian should be at risk from dangerous façade conditions. Department of Buildings Engineers are on the scene to perform a full structural stability inspection of the building to ensure all New Yorkers are safe, and conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of this tragic incident,” said DOB Deputy Press Secretary Abigail Kunitz.