Officials in Cedar Rapids say no one was injured when a 550-ton crane crane collapsed at the construction site for the new United States federal courthouse. Emergency crews were notified of the collapse at 11:10 a.m. and arrived on scene shortly thereafter to find that the crane had collapsed, landing on a portion of a nearby small office pod and larger office building.
Firefighters determined that the crane operator was uninjured as the crane landed on its side with the cab portion of the crane upright. They says the crane landed on a portion of the small office pod and missed a security officer inside. The larger office building was struck on the opposite end of where approximately six employees were inside a conference room.
The crane was being operated by personnel from Dawes Rigging and Crane Rental of Wisconsin. The crane was helping to set up a larger crane for construction of the Courthouse. Preliminary reports indicate that the crane encountered some unlevel surface, causing the collapse. The fire department says there were 50 to 60 people on the site at the time of the crane collapse.