Crane Falls, Smashes Into National Cathedral

Only one person hurt, and not critically
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2011 12:33 PM CDT
A part of a large construction crane is seen next to the Washington National Cathedral Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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(Newser) – The National Cathedral got a message from on high today: “Run!” A construction crane toppled over there today, smashing into the Church House and the Herb Cottage, along with five parked cars, the Washington Post reports. The area was experiencing high wind at the time, with gusts hitting 40 to 50 miles per hour, but it’s, ahem, unclear if that caused the accident.

One person was taken to the hospital as a result of the accident, but his injuries were not believed to be serious. Father Simon Bautista, a glass-half-full kind of guy, sees that as a miracle. “You can see that this was a divine hand that kept something else from happening,” he says. Bautista was at the cathedral when the crane fell. “My office started shaking,” he says, describing a sound that was like “thunder.”

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