The boom of a crawler crane working on a road project in Beaumont, Texas collapsed on a passing pickup truck yesterday, killing both occupants.
The incident occurred on Interstate 10 when the boom of the American crawler appeared to be buckled and its nose landed on the truck’s cab. The driver Sarfaraz Karowadia (37) and his co-driver Altaf Kasowadia (42) were pronounced dead at the scene.
The boom of the old crane just seemed to buckle
Johnson Bros, the contractor, made a statement saying: “In response to the incident at the I-10 construction site involving subcontractor Hemphill Construction, our thoughts and prayers go with everyone involved in it Incident involved. Johnson Bros is working with TxDOT to investigate the circumstances behind this incident and has no further comment at this time. “
A statement from the Texas Department of Transportation – TxDOT: added: “Our thoughts and prayers align with those affected by the tragic event on Thursday. TxDOT will give in to the law enforcement team investigating the incident for details of the scene or specific parties involved. We can confirm that TxDOT has an active contract with Johnson Bros for the I-10 construction project from FM 365 to Walden Rd. No closings are currently planned for the project. TxDOT is saddened by this accident and loss of life and extends our condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of those involved. “
The following video is a local news broadcast showing the location of the incident: