Crash Alert: UPDATE Investigation underway into North Austin crane accident

AUSTIN, TX – Paramedics in North Austin rushed to a construction site near Mueller Lake Park after reports of a major crane collision came in at about 9:38 a.m. Wednesday morning.

According to the Austin American Statesman, the two cranes were operating at a construction site in the 1600 block of Robert Browning Street, which is in the Mueller mixed-use neighborhood. The incident occurred in close proximity to several businesses, such as the Thinkery Children’s Museum, an Alamo Drafthouse, and several restaurants.

The collision caused dozens of workers and patrons to flee the scene as a piece of one of the cranes broke off and came toppling down. One crane operator remained inside the crane for over an hour after the incident occurred. However, officials said the operator was not in any danger during that time.

First responders acted quickly and evaluated 20 individuals at the scene, 16 of whom were transported to area hospitals to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Three individuals declined to be taken to the hospital  and three others were reported to be “no patients,” bringing the official number of reported injuries to 22.

Austin-Travis County EMS deployed eight ambulances along with two EMS commanders and a division chief to the incident. Officials with the Austin Fire Department were also seen offering assistance in assessing the damage and providing an action plan to separate the cranes from each other.

Officials worked at the scene until about 6:00 p.m. when they were able to safely separate the cranes. No first responders were injured in the cleanup process.

The cranes were operating with the Cadence McShane Construction company on a structure known as the “Alpha Building,” a six-story office building with an attached parking garage.

While those injured in Wednesday’s accident only sustained minor, non-life-threatening injuries, operating a crane is one of the most dangerous and deadly construction jobs in the state of Texas. According to a report by the U.S. Burau of Labor, 50 workers died while operating cranes in Texas between 2011 and 2017. That is 34 more than the second-most dangerous state which was Florida at 16 deaths.

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