1 killed in Hod Hasharon crane collapse

Crane operator also hurt; police checking if accident occurred due to weather.

By BY JPOST.COM STAFF
February 5, 2010 11:49
1 killed in Hod Hasharon crane collapse

accident 88 298 Zaka. (photo credit: Zaka)

 
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A crane collapsed at a construction site in Hod Hasharon, killing one person, Israel Radio reported Friday morning.

The crane’s operator, a 55-year-old woman and a 20-year-old tractor driver who was nearby when the crane collapsed, were seriously injured.

The man later succumbed to his injuries at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva.

Teams from Kfar Saba police were examining whether the crane collapsed due to malfunction or because of the stormy weather.

The crane also damaged a store and several other buildings where it hit the ground.

Route 40, near the construction site where the accident occurred, was opened for traffic late Friday morning after it had been closed down several hours before. Most streets adjacent to the site were still shut off.

Police asked residents of the area not to return to their homes until the investigation is concluded. The Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry also opened an investigation in order to find why the crane collapsed.

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