Crane Collision in Austin Injures 22

It occurred at a construction site
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 16, 2020 12:39 PM CDT
Crane Collision in Austin Injures 22
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Two cranes collided Wednesday at a construction site in Austin, Texas, causing one of them to partially collapse and injuring at least 22 workers who were sent scrambling for safety, authorities said. The cranes collided and got tangled several stories above a building under construction near the Mueller Development just east of I-35, reports KVUE. Austin-Travis County EMS spokesman Darren Noak said at a news conference that 22 workers were hurt, including 16 who were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, reports the AP. Most of the injuries occurred when workers scrambled away from the accident scene, Noak said.

One of the crane operators was still inside the crane cabin about 150 feet above the ground more than an hour after the accident, though that crane didn't appear to be damaged. Authorities said the operator was safe and that rescuers would go get him if necessary, but that his presence was helping to stabilize the crane. "He's fine," Fire Department Capt. Mark Bridge said. "There's no danger to him." He said the cranes' bases were stable and that investigators didn't believe they were in danger of falling over. Diane Stewart, who lives near the construction site, said she heard the collision while out for a walk. “I heard a crash. It was like pipes falling,” Stewart said. “The police, first-responders were here in minutes.”

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