At least 21 people are currently receiving medical attention after two massive cranes collide in Austin, Texas. The investigation is ongoing.
The incident has shaken up the Austin community, with the noise from the crash echoing out several miles into the city.
“It sounded like pipes falling. [The noise] was a loud crash; it made me turn,” reports a local resident. The resident, Diane Stewart, is no stranger to construction noise. Stewart was making her way to Mueller Lake Park with her bird-watching binoculars around 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Suddenly, she lost her footing due to the noise of the cranes crashing.
According to The Austin Statesman and their ongoing coverage of the incident:
“What Stewart heard was two construction cranes colliding, causing dozens of people beneath the cranes to flee. Medics responded at 9:38 a.m. to the site in the 1600 block of Robert Browning Street, just north of Mueller Lake Park near Dell Children’s Medical Center. When medics arrived, they tended to 22 people, with 16 being taken to a hospital. EMS Capt. Darren Noak said none of the injuries was considered life-threatening.”Austin Statesman
“It was just crazy,” Stewart adds. “First responders got here so fast. Kudos to them, man.”
22 injuries after Cranes Collide
The incident, however, is still puzzling officials.
The Austin Statesman clarifies that “when medics arrived, they [were tending] to 22 people, with 16 being taken to a hospital.” They do note, in turn, that none of the injuries are life-threatening. Apparently most injuries occurred while individuals were running from the crane collision. Rescuers have not made it clear what the extent of the injuries are or whether all the people with injuries are construction workers.
A day later, investigators are still trying to figure out what could make these cranes collide. The most likely explanation comes from Austin Fire Battalion Chief Mark Bridges. Bridges says the “wires of the two cranes became tangled. A piece of one of the cranes broke off during the collision.”
Thankfully, there have been no reported casualties for the Texas incident.
[H/T Austin Statesman]