A crane fell into powerlines and four automobiles on a busy suburban street in Morningside last week, turning a normal fibreglass swimming pool installation into a horrific event. The incident happened on July 26 at about 2.30 pm, leaving the neighbourhood in disbelief and rescue personnel rushing to the scene.
Quickly taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital for evaluation and medical care was the unfortunate crane’s operator. The sequence of events leading up to the disaster was partially clarified by reports from neighbours and eyewitnesses. When the driver tried to move some wooden pallets across the street, tragedy struck and the crane toppled. It was later discovered that the crane had just finished installing a pool at a building on Ison St.
It was a first-time occurrence for the neighbourhood towing company, Ready Towing, to deal with such a dreadful situation. Sent to the scene at around 2:00 p.m., a member of the towing crew was shocked and unable to conceal it.
He said that they had never ever come across anything even similar before, which only served to further confuse the situation. He acknowledged the importance of the cars in stopping additional destruction down the street and thought about the possible disaster that might have occurred.
A neighbouring resident described the terrible moment when the enormous crane came tumbling down, unleashing a loud sound that echoed through her home. Her property’s fence was brutally shattered by the falling crane, leaving a path of devastation in its wake.
The resident nonetheless counted herself fortunate despite the destruction. As a result of multiple parked automobiles being in the route of the fall, her house was probably protected from potential damage.
Knowing she had escaped unharmed and realising that the situation could have been much worse if the cars hadn’t been there, she felt an immense sense of relief.
Another resident related their description of the terrible incident. They recounted how they were having a quiet meal at home when they heard a loud noise. They were faced with an unheard-of situation when they saw the swaying crane.
Adding to the catastrophe, the fallen crane also managed to obliterate a power pole, resulting in multiple live wires scattered across the road.