Construction crane collapses at National Cathedral, Herb Cottage damaged, cars smashed

By on Sep 8, 2011 in United States Comments

A construction crane fell at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, smashing some cars and slightly damaged the church.

National Cathedral crane collapse

Crane collapse at National Cathedral
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According to US news sites that day, the 500-foot crane collapsed on the Washington National Cathedral while construction crews are doing some repairs on the establishment caused by the earthquake last month.

As noted in the reports, the incident took place at around 11 am (local time) and damaging at least one building and several cars on the parking lot, but no person was seriously injured.

“As they were returning to take more steel I-beams up there, the crane somehow malfunctioned and collapsed,” DC Fire and EMS Assistant Chief of Operations Timothy Gerhart was quoted on reports.

The construction crane was said to be extended to 350 ft in the air when it fell, with some parts of the building called Herb Cottage was damaged while the main structure of the church was not affected.

The operator was reportedly inside the crane when it collapsed but managed to have walked away unhurt, while no one was inside the Herb Cottage since it has been closed to the public.

Its roof was clipped by the falling crane, while a thorough investigation is now going on. Classes at National Cathedral School and St. Albans School, which have their first day of classes, were suspended.

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