Crane collapses at site of new arena

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Andy Starnes, Post-Gazette
A car helped to break the fall of this crane at the construction site for the new arena. No one was in the car when the crane fell.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A crane being used for demolition at the site of the new hockey arena fell over and crushed a parked car just after noon today.

The crane operator was able to escape the cab without injury, and no one else was hurt. There was no one in the car that was smashed. Car owner Mike Bartek of West Mifflin emerged from an exercise workout to find the damage.

The crane collapse occurred at Centre Avenue and Colwell Street, Uptown, near Epiphany Catholic Church. The crane was blocking Colwell between Chatham and Stevenson streets.

At 3:35 p.m., crews righted the cab by using the claw of a backhoe to pull it by its treads, but the street remained closed late this afternoon.

The crane belonging to Empire Dismantlement Co. of Buffalo, N.Y., was demolishing a school near Epiphany Church. A wrecking wedge used to break up the building swung out too far and toppled the cab.

Frank Librich, the acting area director of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said he had sent two inspectors to the site after the office received a call from city emergency services. He said the agency hasn't decided whether any violation occurred.

"We're doing an inspection to determine what occurred," he said.



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