WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY

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Axis Crane retrieving some of the gear that buckled when lifting support structures

Bigger crane picks up the  pieces from the one that buckled earlier in the week

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pieces from the one that buckled earlier in the week
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Axis Crane crews down from suburban Portland retrieve the crane boom that buckled in a lifting accident on Alsea Bay earlier in the week. They pulled up the damaged boom and will eventually get around to lifting out the metal support structures that belly-flopped into the bay. No word on whether they’ll be salvageable. Central Lincoln PUD is, no doubt, still analyzing the situation.

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Axis Crane was lifting a 14 ton set of support structures, angling them into sliding into their mounts that were pile driven into the bay when something went wrong. Witnesses said it looked like one of the structures got hung up on a power line and caused the crane to be stressed hard left, which caused the boom to buckle. And it all came down hard in the water. Miraculously there were no injuries.

No word yet from CLPUD what time line they are now working on to get the project complete which involves upgrading the high voltage support towers that string the wires across Alsea Bay into Waldport. CLPUD has power being re-routed to the east and then back into Waldport for the duration of the project.

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