Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas – Two cranes collided at a construction site in Austin, Texas on Wednesday and at least partially collapsed, injuring at least 22 people.

The cranes collided and tangled up several floors above a building under construction a few miles north of downtown in a fast-growing neighborhood that includes residential, retail and office space. The development also includes a children’s hospital near the accident site.

Austin-Travis County’s EMS spokesman Darren Noak said at a news conference that 22 workers were injured, including 16 rushed to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. The cause of the accident was still being investigated.

Most of the injuries occurred as workers crawled away from the scene of the accident, Noak said.

One of the crane operators was still in the crane cabin more than an hour after the accident, although it did not appear to be damaged. Authorities said the operator is safe and working to bring it down.

“He’s fine,” said Fire Captain Mark Bridge. “There is no danger to him.”

He said the cranes’ bases are stable and investigators do not believe they are in any danger of falling over.

FINAL: Incident of Structural Collapse around 1600 Robert Browning St; #ATCEMS command with a total of 22 victims, a patient number of 20 with 16 patient transfers, 3 patient refusals and 3 patients without patients. #ATCEMS PIO responds to the media briefing incident.

– ATCEMS (@ATCEMS) September 16, 2020