Two cranes collided early Wednesday morning at an Austin construction site, causing a partial collapse and injuring multiple workers. The Austin Fire Department responded to the construction accident that occurred at 1600 Robert Browning Street.
Austin-Travis County EMS reported that at least 22 people sustained injuries, with 16 of those people being transported to the hospital. The company sent at least eight ambulances to the scene of the crane collision. Officials are warning that residents should avoid the area.
FINAL: Structural Collapse incident at 1600 Robert Browning St; #ATCEMS Command advising total victim count of 22, patient count of 20 with 16 patient transports, 3 patient refusals & 3 no patients. #ATCEMS PIO responding to the incident for media briefing.— ATCEMS (@ATCEMS) September 16, 2020
What Happened During the Austin Crane Accident?
Early reports revealed that all people transported to the hospital were workers and that the development was managed by Catellus Development Corporation, a company based out of Oakland, CA. According to a site development plan, the company was working to build an eight-level parking garage for a nearby office building.
Scenes from the accident showed two cranes tangled above a construction site in a rapidly growing section of Austin. Mark Bridges, a member of the Austin Fire Department, confirmed that the cranes were in a holding pattern as the company responsible for them needed time to arrive at the site. In the meantime, one operator had to remain in one of the cranes with his foot on the brake.
“We are just holding this scene and preventing anyone from going back in,” Bridges told the press.
Texas Has More Serious Crane Accidents Than Any Other State
Last year, we reported about a CBS investigation that determined Texas led the nation in deadly crane accidents. Between 2011 and 2015, federal labor statistics show that Texas had four times as many deaths caused by cranes than any other state. The problem was severe enough that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration created a special initiative for crane safety in the state.
Our team will follow developments with this crane accident as more details are released by officials.