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Crane Crashes At Port Of Portland

OPB | April 20, 2013 5:18 p.m. | Updated: April 21, 2013 8:33 a.m. | Portland

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A 600-ton crane came toppling down in the midst of a dismantling operation Saturday morning at the Port of Portland. 

A full investigation is underway, but Port spokesman Josh Thomas says the crew taking the outmoded crane apart  on Terminal 4 was at work just after 9 a.m.. Workers reportedly heard a noise that tipped them something was wrong. The scene was cleared, Thomas says, and about one minute later the crane crashed down onto its side.

“It really did thread the needle,” Thomas says. “There were a lot of things it could have hit – for one, the water, we’re very thankful it did not go there. Also thankful it didn’t hit structures, conveyances or vehicles out there. The pier itself is our concern now. There’s some damage where the collapse occurred, and some repairs will be needed.”

Thomas says, thankfully no injuries were reported among the crew of 30 working on site.Portland Fire and Rescue responded within five minutes. No environmental hazard was found in the wreckage.

Thomas says the collapse will likely slow the project down, but crews do expect to be back at work Sunday.

Terminal 4 is a soda ash export facility, part of an area the Port leases to the energy company Kinder Morgan. The work had been commissioned by the Port. 

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