A Department of Transportation and Development crane being used to construct a bridge on Martin Luther King Drive in southern Monroe toppled Tuesday afternoon, filling a drainage canal with dirt.
According to Charles Westrom with the Monroe public works department, the crane fell when loose dirt underneath it shifted.
The crane’s operator was not injured in the incident. However, the collapse filled a large drainage canal with dirt, with Hurricane Isaac approaching.
Weather officials said Isaac could drop between 8 and 10 inches of rainfall as it approaches northeastern Louisiana late Wednesday.
“The crane has partially obstructed the canal,” Westrom said. “This will affect drainage, but workers have been instructed to have the canal cleared by Wednesday afternoon.”
Category: Accident Report