Crane Accidents

I-95 Crash Knocks Down Power Line, Closing All Lanes in Delray

05/15/01

Delray, Florida

The Florida State Highway Patrol reported a construction crane snagged power lines on Interstate 95 nead Delray, knocking them down across the highway and onto several vehicles.

No injuries were reported.

The Hubbard Construction crane, driven by Arthur Soares of Hollywood, Florida. He was unloading metal sheeting for bridge reconstruction on I-95 when he headed south in the median with the crane’s boom raised at a 45-degree angle the Highway patrol said.

At 1:40 p.m., the crane’s boom caught the power lines and a support cable running across the highway and brought them down across all lanes of traffic, a trooper’s report said.

David Schofield, of Georgia, was heading north on I-95 when he saw a power line and broken wooden utility pole heading straight for his semi-trailer truck.

“I wasn’t worried as much about the wire as I was the pole coming at me,” he said. The power line ended up draped across the front of his truck, inches from the windshield, while the shredded piece of pole was dragged underneath his truck.
Power lines also hit a northbound pickup and a semi-trailer truck traveling south, the Highway Patrol report said.

The gridlock extended to other north-south roads where traffic was diverted.

Northbound traffic was forced to exit at Linton Boulevard and diverted to U.S. Highway 1, while southbound traffic exited at Atlantic Avenue and was re-routed through Congress Avenue.

However, drivers were exiting I-95 in Boynton Beach to avoid the slow traffic and found themselves in another morass on bumper-to-bumper Congress Avenue.

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