Crane Accidents

Fallen Crane Slows Traffic Near Larkspur

09/4/96

San Francisco, California

A crane being used for seismic retrofitting fell into a hole near Highway 101 in Larkspur, forcing sporadic closures on both sides of the freeway for nearly eight hours.

The crane, located at the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard intersection under the highway, pitched forward at 12:24 p.m. and fell onto a highway guard rail above the southbound slow lane, which led to the temporary closure of the freeway as crews began repair work.

The California Highway Patrol gradually reopened all lanes, but closed the highway again in both directions last night while two cranes arrived to remove the wayward crane. All lanes were open by 8:30 p.m. after workers stabilized the crane.

Authorities said the crane carried a pillar that was apparently supposed to be fitted into the hole to strengthen the freeway. No one was injured.

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