Scaffolding rescue at WTC

Updated 5:00 PM ET, Wed November 12, 2014
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New York emergency crews rescued two workers trapped on a window-washing scaffold dangling perilously at the 69th floor of the 1,776-foot One World Trade Center building in lower Manhattan on Wednesday, November 12, authorities said. Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Construction workers look up at the scaffold. Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Officials said New York Police Department emergency services units were on the scene and rescue workers had been able to communicate with the two window washers. Kathy Willens/AP
The partially collapsed scaffolding hangs from One World Trade Center. The workers were tethered and uninjured inside the apparatus, the city's fire department said. Kathy Willens/AP
Authorities said a cable on one side of the scaffold snapped, leaving it hanging by only one cable. "They were slowly going up, washing the windows. ... Suddenly (the scaffold) was dangling on one side," Reginald Moye, who watched the incident unfold from the 24th floor of a nearby hotel, told CNN. Spencer Platt/Getty Images
A woman looks out from a car at the dangling scaffold. Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Rescue crews had to cut through glass to pull the workers to safety, the New York Police Department told CNN. FDNY
Rescue workers used a diamond saw to tear through three layers of glass panes -- the thickest nearly 2 inches -- in order to pull the workers to safety about 2:15 p.m., authorities said. Spencer Platt/Getty Images