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Crane collapses in downtown Fayetteville

Posted July 13, 2011

— A crane being used to build a parking deck in downtown Fayetteville collapsed Wednesday afternoon, police said.

No one on the ground was injured in the collapse, which occurred at about 2:15 p.m. The crane operator, whose name wasn't released, was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

The crane crushed one car parked in a lot nearby and damaged a second, police said. Officials said there was "minimal" structural damage to the parking deck.

The state Department of Labor sent investigators to the scene to determine the cause of the collapse.

Workers on site said that the crane was operating normally, and no operator error was observed, city officials said.

LeChase Construction is the contractor on the $6 million Franklin Street Parking Deck, but the crane operator worked for Buckner, a subcontractor on the project.

“The city is thankful no one was injured,” City Manager Dale Iman said in a statement. “There is a full builders risk (insurance) policy in place, which will cover all damages.”

Franklin Street was closed between Gillespie and Maxwell streets. Donaldson Street was closed between Hay and Russell streets. Workers said the wrecked crane likely won't be removed until Thursday morning, meaning the streets won't reopen before then.


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  • fayncmike Jul 14, 2011

    "Fayncmike, how do you figure the parking deck is unneeded? .

    Fayncmike, weren’t you the one who supported the sorry bond decisions "

    I do indeed go downtown from time to time, mostly for lunch. I have never once had the slightest problem finding a parking place. A parking deck is totally unneeded. If a parking deck were to be placed where it's needed, it would be at the courthouse. Parking there is imposable! It's so bad that I frequently come to the courthouse and leave via taxi. I hate spending the extra money but it keeps my blood pressure down.

    As far as bail bonds go, they are not to be punitive nor are they to keep dangerous people off the streets. the SOLE purpose of a bail/bond is to assure the suspects will appear at their hearings. If the suspect is a flight risk or a menace to society, bail is to be withheld not set sky high. I don't understand how people cannot grasp this simple information.

    As far as downtown goes, it's not viable now and never will be.

  • labmanac Jul 14, 2011

    The crane was on a stable cabc stone subgrade foundation. The operator ran the boom into a full strength 7ksi reinforced concrete column. This created a pendulum style swinging motion sending it's load of steel girders out over and into Franklin street. The distance and angle the boom took due to the swinging was obviously out of the cranes capabilities resulting in the collapse. No way would a 110 ton crane would tip over simply lifting the steel it was carrying or it wouldn't have been able to unload all the steel it had unloaded prior to the accident.

  • ProudBlackSingleMother Jul 14, 2011

    jahausa, unlike you, I do not know what it is like to be a racist.

  • cantstandya Jul 14, 2011

    If the outriggers were on a load bearing surface and the crane was operating normally,either the operator did not know the load capacity of the extended boom or the riggers had not balanced the load but a mistake was made and the operators job is to know what the cranes capacity as he ultimately is in control of the lift every piece of steel on the job is numbered and it's weight and size is on the manifest accidents like this are prevented lucky no one was injured seriously.

  • jahausa Jul 14, 2011

    ProudBlackSingleMother, minority does not mean migrant. So all mexicans are migrants? How bigoted.

  • violetsareforme Jul 14, 2011

    Buckner Steel is a well respected business in NC and other far reaching areas. They are in business because they care about safety, training and their employees. Let's hope 'TypeA' that you one day have the opportunity to learn about the people who are Buckner.

  • timbo10.0 Jul 14, 2011

    Usually they tip over because the boom is extended too far for the weight they are picking up.

  • mybusinesstoday Jul 14, 2011

    "Workers on site said that the crane was operating normally, and no operator error was observed, city officials said."

    It was probably due to the heat and the ground gave way. Asphalt has a way of doing that sometimes in extreme heat. Way to respond in such a quick matter Buckner!

  • TypeA Jul 14, 2011

    How is Buckner Steel still in business? They have accidents like this every year, at least this time no one was killed!

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Jul 14, 2011

    Streets are re-opened....