/Falling crane crushes house in Melbournes west

Falling crane crushes house in Melbournes west


April 10, 2019 14:59:14

A woman has narrowly escaped serious injury after a crane carrying a pre-made home toppled and crashed through the roof of her house in Melbourne’s west.

Key points:

  • Police said one of the homes crushed by the crane suffered “major structural damage”
  • Two workers on the site received minor injuries
  • The crane was being used to re-locate a house when it collapsed

Frank Pace and his cousin Daniel Pantalleresco were also inside the house when the crane fell about 1:00pm.

“Me and my cousin Daniel were sitting down watching TV and all of a sudden the roof just collapsed and the side of the house came in, and we were so confused [by] what happened, we were screaming, just ran for the exit,” Mr Pace said.

“My mum and dog were just under it, so if we didn’t scream and say ‘move’ they probably would have just got crushed and it could have been a lot worse than what it was.

“It was like a movie, man … my mum was legit under it.”

He said the mobile crane had been lowering a pre-fabricated home onto a block in Yarraville when it collapsed.

“We just saw the crane coming into the house. That’s when we knew we had to run,” Mr Pantalleresco said.

“Half the house is pretty much [gone], the roof’s caved in.”

About 20 firefighters were called to the scene on Schild Street, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade said.

Workers hurt in crash

Two men who were working on the site received minor injuries and were treated at the scene, police said.

“The crane collapsed onto two houses and, thankfully, everyone on scene at the time has been accounted for,” the MFB said.

“MFB firefighters and emergency responders are at the scene determining how to stand the crane back up.”

The crane bears the logo of Melbourne-based crane hire company Tarrant Logistics, which has been contacted for comment.

WorkSafe has also been notified.








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April 10, 2019 13:52:34