MIDTOWN — A large drill tipped over on West 30th Street and crushed a parked NYPD van outside a construction site for a luxury hotel Monday morning.
The Casagrande B175 XP drill was driving into the construction site forthcoming Virgin Hotel on 30th Street, near Sixth Avenue, at about 9 a.m. when it tipped backwards, its boom crushing the NYPD van, FDNY officials said.
Video shows the boom slowly tipping back onto the van while a woman runs to get out of the way.
"The machine was going up the little hill," said site foreman Nelson Ducus, 52.
"All the weight's in the back. It just went backward. The machine went up in front it, it just went down," Ducus added.
"I was working on the computer and heard the sound. It sounded like a loud crash, like something broke," said Carlos Marin, 36, who works across the street.
No injuries were reported, the FDNY spokesman said.
The machine weighs about 42 tons, according the manufacturer's website.
The Department of Buildings issued a stop work order on the site for failing to safeguard it, a spokesman said.
An NYPD spokeswoman did not immediately have any details about the incident.
The lead contractor at the construction site, Flintlock Construction Services, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The site's owner, LG Broadway Management, could not be reached.
The Virgin Hotel, which is backed by mogul Richard Branson and already has another outpost in Chicago, is slated to take over much of the block with 460 rooms filling its 38 stories, according to New York YIMBY.
It's due to open in 2016, Curbed said.