Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A tower crane fell 35 stories after a counterweight fell off.
Residents in Jalan Ampang here had an afternoon jolt first by the thunderous sound of a crash and then when they realised that a crane had tumbled 35 floors to the ground.
The crane destroyed three cars near the construction site. The driver of another vehicle – a Toyota Harrier that was in motion – had a close shave when the heavy metal scrapped it slightly.
There were no casualties and police have cordoned off Jalan Binjai to allow the debris on the road to be cleared.
Intercontinental Hotel security officer Mohd Noor Ibrahim said he was at the lobby when he heard a loud crash outside the hotel.
He rushed out to see what had happened and bumped into the 52-year-old driver of the Harrier who was running towards the hotel, shouting for help.
“Thank God no one was hurt,” Mohd Noor said at the scene yesterday.
“However, the incident had caused a stir among hotel staff and guests.”
The owner of the Harrier, a “Datuk” who did not want to be identified, said he was at Suria KLCC when he received a call from his manager who was driving the vehicle.
He said they had just come down from Muar to service the car and was supposed to return after shopping at the mall.
City Fire and Rescue Department director Khiruddin Draman said they received a call at about 1.23pm and deployed 15 firemen with three engines to the scene.
Mangled mess: Two of the four vehicles (above) that were damaged when a crane fell from the 35th floor construction site in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, yesterday. There were no casualties and police cordoned off the area to allow the debris to be cleared.
Long way down: Fire and Rescue Department personnel investigating the scene after a crane fell from the 35th floor of a construction site in Jalan Ampang yesterday.
Category: Accident Report