Crane removed after North End tip over - 7News Boston WHDH-TV

Crane removed after North End tip over

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BOSTON (WHDH) - Commercial Street in Boston's North End opened again Friday after a construction crane that tipped over was removed from the street and neighboring park.

Boston EMS was dispatched at approximately 11:30 a.m. Responders treated and transported the crane operator, along with a passerby who may have been injured moving away from the falling crane.

"We were sitting about 50 feet away when a big crane came crashing down. I don't know what happened. One of the supports gave out I think and it came down quickly," said Josh Lane, who witnessed the collapse.

The top of the six-ton crane crashed down onto a baseball field, but Boston Fire said there was minimal damage. The crane landed at third base and created a hole about a foot deep.

“I heard this guy saying ‘no no no’ and crane just fell over,” said Ryan Maziarka, a boy who was playing in the park.

Josh Smith said his roofing company was working on one of the houses and hired the crane, it was also his pickup truck that was hit.

"It could have been much worse. It's just a truck, we'll get another one," he said.

Crews spent time cleaning up diesel and hydraulic fluid that also leaked when the truck tipped.
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