16 hospitalized after cranes collide in North Austin
AUSTIN, TX – More than 20 workers sustained injuries after two cranes collided at a Northeast Austin construction site Monday morning.
According to KVUE, the accident happened at around 10:00 a.m. at a construction site within the 1600 block of Robert Browning Street, in the Mueller neighborhood development. Initial reports suggested that the cranes had partially collapsed, but officials later clarified that they had only crashed into each other and become entangled. High winds in the area may have played a role in the collision.
A total of 20 people were evaluated at the scene by Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services. 16 individuals were taken to area hospitals following the incident, while three declined transport. Three others were deemed “no patients” at the scene, bringing the total number of injuries to 22. Most appeared minor, with one possible exception. No deaths have been reported.
FINAL: Structural Collapse incident at 1600 Robert Browning St; #ATCEMS Command advising total victim count of 22, patient count of 20 with 16 patient transports, 3 patient refusals & 3 no patients. #ATCEMS PIO responding to the incident for media briefing.
— ATCEMS (@ATCEMS) September 16, 2020
At a press conference following the incident, ATCEMS officials said that all 22 individuals were workers at the site, and that their injuries occurred as they were attempting to flee to safety.
All told, eight ambulances, two EMS commanders, and one division chief responded to the incident. Austin Fire Department deployed resources as well, using drones to safely assess the crane entanglement and to determine a further course of action.
The construction project is for a six-story office building and garage, operated by Cadence McShane Construction. Records indicate that OSHA officials have inspected five Central Texas construction sites operated by Cadence McShane since 2016, and found one health and safety violation.
A spokesperson for OSHA confirmed that the company’s possible role in the collision will be part of its investigation into the incident.
The two cranes were finally separated from each other shortly before 6 p.m., about eight hours after they collided. The area continued to be blocked to traffic as of 10 p.m.
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