two cranes falling, twenty injured in Netherlands


Netherlands: Two cranes working on the renovation of a bridge carrying a piece of road fell on homes Monday in Alphen aan den Rijn, a Dutch town of over 73,000 inhabitants on the Rhine, making about twenty wounded. Helicopters and ambulances were dispatched to rescue them.

A person and a dog would be under the rubble, according to the newspaper site “Dagelijkse Standaard.”

According to a video of the accident (below), the drama took place when the two cranes were all a piece of road to be installed on the bridge Queen Juliana, undergoing renovation. They were installed on construction barges located on the canal. The first crane is dropped first, with the piece of road. Unbalanced, the second crane was then also changed.


Both cranes are sprawled over several buildings, including a shop selling second-hand items and a shop selling equipment for painting and drawing, assured the public television station NOS, that the number of people in these stores at the time of the accident is unknown. The two cranes working on the renovation of the Queen Juliana Bridge, a bascule bridge to the passing vessels and dating back to 1950. The renovation should be completed in late August.