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Crane Collapse in Sacramento

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Two people have been injured as a result.  According to the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department, the two were working on a ride called the Scandia Screamer.  It is essentially a bucket at the end of an arm that puts riders 165 feet above ground.  The ride collapsed under the weight of the crane.  It just so happened a fire truck saw the accident from the freeway and rushed to help.  Scott Cockrum is an Assistant Chief with Metro Fire.

COCKRUM: "The crane collapsed and had a guy up a the top who was harnessed in and when the crane collapsed, he got pinched between the crane and maybe the structure.  Did some pretty good damage to his arm. The truck company was able to get right in here because they were passing by and get the ladder off the truck lift it up there and get a quick grab on him. "

Both the crane and the arm of the ride are now on the ground, though the bucket portion of the ride is still supported by a fence that surrounds the center.  Both people who were on the crane were taken away by ambulance.

The accident is being investigated by Sac Metro Fire, the Sacramento Sheriff's Department and the California Division of Occupation Safety and Health.

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