A four axle All Terrain crane – pulling a two axle counterweight trailer – caught fire near Bremerhaven, Germany, early on Friday morning, causing an explosion and damage to the road surface.
The 90 ton crane was traveling north on the A27 autobahn towards Cuxhaven and was between junction nine and junction eight, when the driver spotted a technical fault with the braking system. He quickly pulled over but the crane was already burning and the fire spreading rapidly. He sensibly got out of his cab and moved to safety just as a tire exploded, with the burning debris flying across the road to the other carriageway.
Shortly afterwards one of the tanks exploded and the crane dumped around 600 liters of hydraulic oil in the road. Firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control but not before substantial damage had occurred. The road was closed for some time.
Category: Accident Report