Crane Accidents

Boom truck Crane Topples onto Detroit Garage, Knocks Out Power for 950 Homes

08/30/13

Royal Oak, Michigan

A crane removing a large tree toppled onto a small garage in Royal Oak and left hundreds without power for hours, according to authorities.

The crane attached to a semitrailer was cutting and removing sections of a silver maple tree that was more than 100 feet tall at 3:10 p.m. in the 1200 block of Second Avenue when it crashed onto the small garage, said homeowner Tyler Lynch.

“I guess it picked up a bigger piece of the tree than it could handle,” Lynch said.

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The crane tipped, but the operator remained in his cab

No one was inside the two-story brick home or garage when the incident happened, said Fire Chief Chuck Thomas. There were no injuries but Lynch said the crane operator had to climb out of the cabin.

The crash downed power lines and left 950 homes without power.

“Wires were cross-crossed everywhere,” DTE lineman Mike Roberts said. “It took out a whole circuit.”

Thomas said the crash was originally phoned in as a plane crash, so he was relieved to see the capsized garage roof instead.

“Luckily, there were no injuries, just damage to the garage,” Thomas said

The semitrailer was standing in an almost upright position with the crane lying on the collapsed roof of the garage.

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The crane, a National Crane, operating with an almost fully extended main boom

Power was restored to 90 percent of the customers at 6:10 p.m., Roberts said.

A couple dozen people watched from a park across the street as the Fire Department called in two more cranes to get the semi and crane back into position.

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