Friday, April 24, 2009

April 24th, 2009

Taipei, Taiwan At approximately 1:40 in the afternoon the boom of a crane on the 37th floor broke away from it's mounting and "went to the street". It landed on a passing tourist bus killing 2 or 3 people depending on what report that you read. The picutre doesn't show much in terms of the crane, so it's hard to have any idea of what's happened as of yet. The boom is square and without apparent catwalks, so it's even possible that it's a derrick boom. I'll post it here until I hear anything else differnet . As a Note, Taipei lost two luffing tower cranes back in April of 2002 due to an earthquake during the construction of Taipei 101. Those cranes came down from the 56th floor and killed 5. The link to the video of that accident can be found by searching Taipei on the blog. Additionally, this is the 5th major tower crane accident worldwide in the last month.

Another view

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