Crane Accidents

Crane Collapse Crushes Car, Taking Out Power

06/8/00

Oakland, California

When Mike Williams conveniently parked his car Wednesday morning along 3rd Street near Jack London Square, he had no idea a huge pile-driving crane would collapse onto his 1983 Nissan Stanza, crushing it.

Power knocked out

The 110-foot “hammer” crane, plummeted while driving a pile at a construction site adjacent to 3rd Street between Alice and Jackson. It hit Williams’ car after taking out a power line, chipping a portion of a building roof and breaking a few glass windows on the way down. The accident temporarily knocked out power around Jack London Square area.

Stewart Gruendel, owner, developer and general contractor of SNC Development, was supervising the job.

“The accident as of right now was the result of equipment failure,” said Gruendel, adding he is thankful no one was seriously injured.

Gruendel said the crane was being operated by a subcontractor, Stroer & Graff Inc. of Antioch, when it lost hold of the towering pile.

Although no major injuries were reported, authorities said an employee of West Office Exhibition Design, located across the street from the construction site, suffered minor scratches from shards of broken glass as the pile came into contact with the building.

He was taken to a local hospital, complaining that debris had gotten into his eyes.

Car contained valuables

As for Williams, he said his crushed car contained several valuable possessions, including hard-to-find piano equipment and church records.

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