NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A tricky cleanup is underway in a Northeast Miami-Dade neighborhood one day after a crane collapsed between two buildings.
Cellphone video showed a crushed car Thursday following a crane collapse as crews spent the morning trying to figure out how to upright the toppled crane.
Another crane was brought to the scene, and crews are going to use it in an attempt to upright the one that collapsed in the area of Northeast 111th Street and 14th Avenue, Wednesday afternoon.
Neighbors said the sound was hard to miss.
“I was lighting up the grill and threw a steak on the grill, and I heard a big boom,” said area resident Tyra Sanders.
“It was just scary just thinking about it,” said a resident who identified himself as Saint. “It sounded like, you know how a bunch of things fall from very far? Like, from very high, I mean. It sounded like a bunch of things falling to the ground. I was like, ‘Whoa.’ It’s, like, I know they were installing street poles around where I stay.”
7Skyforce showed the scene from above, showing the significant damage the crane had done, not only to homes, but power lines as well.
“My neighbor and I saw helicopters and things like that, so I thought they were after a criminal or something,” said Sanders, “but my neighbor called and told me that a crane had fell over.”
The collapse caused a diesel spill in the area.
Officials with Florida Power and Light said 100 customers spent the night without power.
Crews worked overnight to restore it, as the goal turned to cleaning up this mess.
“They installed a couple of street poles. So I thought, like, ‘One of them probably fell from the crane.’ It was very daunting. I was like, ‘Oh, hold on, like, is anybody hurt?’ That was my first question.” said Saint. “Thank God that nobody got hurt.”
A representative from FPL said they are investigating the incident to determine what went wrong.
Residents of a four-unit apartment building that was damaged due to the collapse have been put up in a hotel, according to the landlord.
The U.S. Department of Labor is investigated the incident.
It is unclear how long it will take to get the crane upright and out of the area.
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