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Two cranes collide at Austin construction site, sending at least 16 people to the hospital

September 16, 2020
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At least 22 people were injured after two cranes collided Wednesday morning in Austin, medics said.
At least 22 people were injured after two cranes collided Wednesday morning in Austin, medics said.

AUSTIN, Texas – Two cranes in collided Wednesday morning a few miles north of downtown Austin, sending more than a dozen people to the hospital, medics said. 

Footage posted by TV station KVUE showed two cranes tangled several stories above a building under construction in a rapidly growing neighborhood that includes residential, retail and office space.

Austin-Travis County EMS medics reported 22 people were injured and that 16 were being taken to the hospital. Medics responded at 9:38 a.m. local time to the scene on Robert Browning Street near Dell Children’s Medical Center. 

One of the crane operators was still inside the crane cabin more than an hour after the incident, though it did not appear to be damaged. Authorities said the operator was safe and that they were working to get him down.

“He’s fine,” Fire Department Capt. Mark Bridge said. “There’s not danger to him.”

The public is being advised to avoid the area if possible.

Two cranes collided in Austin Wednesday.Two cranes collided in Austin Wednesday.
Two cranes collided in Austin Wednesday.

Contributing: Associated Press

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