A worker on the roof of the house is injured, DC police say.
WASHINGTON – A construction crane fell twice on the roof of a townhouse and a neighboring building in the northwest on Wednesday morning, DC Fire and EMS announced.
At around 9:15 a.m., firefighters were called to the location of the incident on the 1300 block of 11th Street and O Street
The crane hit a building under construction and a row house. The crane truck appeared to have tipped over on the buildings. Officials said the townhouse residents had been evacuated.
“It sounded like a loud bang,” said neighbor Julie Pagaduan. “I was next to the kitchen when we heard it. It sounded very loud. “
The crews rescued a worker on the roof with an air tower. Officials said the worker was rushed to hospital with serious, non-life-threatening injuries. Field workers also assessed the injuries of two people who were at home – a senior citizen and her caregiver.
“It’s really sad and I hope the worker is fine, but I’m glad it was just one person,” said neighbor Sarah Sherwood. “To be honest, I thought the people in the house were going to get hurt and stuff. I am glad that they are fine too. “
When the crews tried to remove the crane with the tip from the building, the crane fell a second time and hit the building under construction again.
At this point it is not known why the crane overturned. DC Fire Collapse specialists assess the damage the crane has caused to the house and building.
The incident is currently being investigated by several agencies, including DC’s Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Department, OSHA and DC Police Department, and OSHA and DC Police.
“You need to find out what went wrong here and move forward from there, especially since it was a serious injury,” said Vito Maggiolo, spokesman for DC Fire & EMS.
Here’s a look at the scene:
Update the 11th St NW crane incident. 1 resident and caretaker in a damaged townhouse that has been assessed by EMS and does not require any further medical treatment. Inmate is evicted. #DCsBravest has secured utilities and set up a security zone. Appropriate investigative authorities notified. pic.twitter.com/XDb7PmHSYT
– DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) March 17, 2021
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