Crane Accidents

Crane Collapses in North Raleigh

12/19/08

Raleigh, North Carolina

A crane has collapsed at the construction site of an office building in North Raleigh.

Crane Collapses in North Raleigh

Police say the crane is at 8617 Six Forks Road, near Monument Lane.

There were no injuries, police said.

The crane, owned by Roanoke Valley Steel, was at the construction site for a six-story, 134,000 square foot office building that will be future home of Genworth Mortgage Insurance Corporation.

The crane, which sits on the ground and not a high rise crane, was lifting steel beams at the time of the collapse, about 10 a.m. Four beams were scattered about the crash site.

The crane is owned by Roanoke Valley Steel. The company’s president, Kris Neal, said he was on his way to the site and did not know how the collapse had occurred.

“We’re fortunate no one was hurt,” he said.

The crane was draped over the building in several places, and several steel beams placed in the building’s foundation were bent, police said.

Amy Norwood’s office is across the street from the construction site where the crane collapsed. She said she felt a rumbling, and the crash threw her out of her chair.

“It was the loudest noise I’ve heard,” she said. “It sounded like a bomb.”

She said the crane was lifting four steel beams, which is more than the two to three beams she usually sees it lifting through her clear glass office window.

“No doubt it was lifting more than usual,” she said.

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