June 22, 2017

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Crane collapses, killing two

Two men have died and another man has been airlifted to hospital after a crane collapsed in Crewe yesterday afternoon.

A parent and child were also taken to hospital as a precaution after a house was damaged by the crane. The airlifted man, believed to be the crane driver, has serious injuries that are not thought to be life-threatening, the BBC has reported.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue’s major incident unit attended and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been informed of the accident.

At 22:50 BST, Cheshire Police confirmed the fatalities, following the collapse of the crane at a new housing estate on Dunwoody Way at 16:30 on Wednesday.

The force confirmed the two people at the house were uninjured.

Ch Supt Matt Welsted, of Cheshire Police, said: “This is a truly tragic incident, and our deepest condolences go out to the families affected at this extremely difficult time.”

He said the force was working closely with the HSE, the local council and Building Control on the investigation into how the collapse happened.

 

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