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Easton man injured in NYC crane collapse released from hospital

An Easton man who was seriously injured on Friday in New York City after a construction crane collapsed on his car has been released from the hospital, according to hospital officials.

Thomas O’Brien was discharged from Bellevue Hospital Center in New York Saturday afternoon, said Amy Di Leo, director of public affairs for the hospital.

Di Leo would not comment on O’Brien’s injuries.

O’Brien was one of three people injured in the construction accident that also killed a Harvard graduate who worked at a computerized trading firm on Wall Street.

David Wichs 38, was walking to work, when the crane collapsed and a downpour of debris followed, the Associated Press reported.

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A Harvard spokesman did not immediately return a call to the Globe seeking comment on Saturday.

Wichs, who immigrated from Prague as a teenager, wrote a thesis called the Morse Theory and Its Applications, in 2000, according to a university websiteIn a news conference at the scene Saturday, city officials said investigators were still working to determine the cause of the collapse. They were reviewing data from a computer aboard the crane, which had been inspected by the city as recently as Thursday, and were seeking to pinpoint the wind speed at the time of the accident.

The New York Police Department and the Fire Department of the City of New York were not available for comment. A spokesman for the New York County District Attorney’s Office said they had no information on the victims.


Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Martha Schick can be reached at martha.schick@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MarthaSchick.