Bride in Wedding Dress Escapes Crane Collapse, Gets Married by FDNY Chaplain
A bride in her wedding dress was at a Manhattan hair salon getting ready for her big day when a crane crashed down half a block away.
“My mom and I were getting our hair done, and my sister felt what she thought was an earthquake,” the bride told INSIDE EDITION.
The bride, Nesh Pillay, 25, suddenly found herself in the midst of chaos.
A construction team was in the process of lowering and securing the 565-foot tall crane because of high winds when it toppled in lower Manhattan Friday morning, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
A 38-year-old Harvard graduate was killed when the crane toppled more than 200 feet and landed on his car, authorities said.
FDNY chaplain Margaret Kansfield rushed to Pillay's side as she stood in the falling snow. She covered the gown-clad bride with her black-and-yellow weatherproof jacket and whisked her away from the wreckage, according to the New York Daily News.
The bride soon found her groom, Aaron Vanderhoff, 27, and the chaplain conducted an impromptu ceremony on the steps of the Tweed Courthouse.
"I feel so lucky she was there. There was a lot of fear over what was happening, and she was just incredible, leading us through everything," Pillay said.