Crane boom collapses into Alsea Bay – CLPUD project to replace high voltage line support structures across the bay. NO INJURIES.
News Lincoln County has sent the video to all four Portland TV stations which will be running the video throughout the evening during news breaks. The top video of the actual collapse of the crane boom was shot by Rob Bishop with a Nikon P510 camera. Rob is a Port of Alsea Commissioner. The second video, the aftermath video, was shot by News Lincoln County.
CLPUD Public Information Officer Chris Chandler reports that linemen will be working until at least midnight trying to shore up the old wooden structures that were damaged in the accident. The New metal support structures, which were dropped, have a combined weight of 14 tons.
No one injured. The crane was lifting a new support structure to replace the wooden structures that hold up high voltage power lines that cross the bay. While lifting the structures, one of them caught onto one of the power lines. Witnesses say the crane operator tried to free the structure from wire. Possibly a float under one of the structures may have failed. That has not be confirmed. The new structure leaned back, causing a huge strain on the crane boom. The boom buckled, and everything fell toward the south…boom and the structures falling into the bay.
Earlier reports said that the crane itself fell into the bay. The boom is part of the crane, but as you can see from the video, it is not ALL of the crane. The part holding the operator never left the barge. The operator is reported to be fine.