Heidelberg, Germany A tower crane collapsed last night while out of service. Two buildings and a car were damaged in addition to the crane. Damages are estimated to be over 500,000 Euros. No persons were injured in the accident.
Further details and pictures have come forth overnight. The base of the crane failed either in the crossbase (cruciform) or in the mast just above the base. You'll see an outrigger of the crossbase lifted. I don't know if that structural failure is a cause or effect of the collapse. The yellow in the picture is a small excavator that seems to be a loss. An interesting shot is a tree that was split in two by a chord of the jib. You can see a total of 11 pics at http://stimme.de/hohenlohe/nachrichten/Oehringen-Heidelberg-Kran-Unfall-Polizei-Gauer;art1919,1469536
If you sprechen Duetsch you can read more as well.