Crane Workers Escaped Death by Oversleeping
Men should have been atop crane when helicopter hit
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2013 1:21 PM CST
This overhead view shows smoke and flames at the site of a helicopter crash in central London, as people gather to view the scene shortly after the incident, early Wednesday Jan. 16, 2013.   (AP Photo / Victor Jimenez, PA)

(Newser) – Richard Moule and Nicki Biagioni were late for work yesterday, and it probably saved their lives. The two men are crane drivers, and they should have been atop the London crane that got hit by a helicopter. Instead, both overslept and were still on their way to work when the accident, which killed the helicopter pilot and a man on the ground, occurred. "It was the first time I’ve been late since starting this job three years ago. I just woke up late. Call it divine intervention if you like," Moule tells the Daily Mail.

Biagioni’s wife has a similar story: "He overslept this morning, something he never does and was late for work. He was not up the crane when it hit. I thank his guardian angel." Moule says he was supposed to be in the crane cab by 7am, but was instead in the basement preparing to ascend when the accident happened at 8am. Biagioni, the main crane operator, was also more than an hour late and was parking at the time. Investigators are still looking into the accident, including reports that a light atop the crane may not have been working.

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Jan 18, 2013 8:55 AM CST
What are the chances? What are the chances of young guys and their families making up stories to sound better, miraculous or inspirational in the media? Never overslept and yet both of them wake up super late on the same day? Construction workers always on time? Yeah right. I smell something rotten, and it's not just the Thames.
Jan 18, 2013 12:13 AM CST
Darn,I have been trying all my life ,ask my boss, and it never works for me and now some Italian get's all the publicity !!!
Jan 17, 2013 7:30 PM CST
What are the odds BOTH guys would oversleep on the same morning and would have been in the exact spot the helicopter hit if they had been at work on time? There's one big plan that's preordained and if you think you're changing it, that's part of the plan too. It goes the way it's supposed to go.