Monday, July 14, 2008

Driver jumps to safety as 80-tonne crane collapses

Police say the driver of an 80-tonne mobile crane that collapsed near Brisbane's airport this afternoon managed to escape by jumping clear of the cabin.

Three people walked away unhurt after the crane collapsed at a cement business at Pinkenbah around 3:30pm.

Paramedics were called to the site on Pamela Street and treated the three people for shock.

Cement Australia spokeswoman Chloe Bryce says the cause of the accident is unknown.

"There've been no injuries and the company is working hard to render the site safe and also to contain any potential for environmental damage," she said.

She says the accident will not affect the supply of cement at the terminal.

"The crane was there for the construction of a purpose-built silo for holding cement and while work on construction at the facility has stopped for safety reasons, we don't anticipate any impact on the supply of cement to our concrete customers."

The incident will be the subject of an investigation.


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