Tragic Collapse: Construction Crane Plunges on Busy FL Bridge

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A tragic construction accident occurred on Thursday afternoon in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, when a section of a construction crane plummeted onto a busy bridge, resulting in one fatality and two injuries.

Horror on the Bridge

At approximately 4:30 p.m., first responders rushed to the Southeast 3rd Avenue Bridge, which spans the New River, following reports of a collapsed crane.

Platform Failure

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue officials disclosed that a platform holding equipment failed, causing the items to fall onto the bridge below.

One Life Lost

Tragically, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Chief Stephen Gollan confirmed that a construction worker succumbed to the incident. Their identity has yet to be released.

Injured Victims

Two other individuals sustained minor injuries and were transported to the Broward Health Medical Center.

Extensive Damage

Images and footage of the incident show a large piece of the crane on top of a black car, its windshield shattered by the impact. The road surface beneath the collapsed crane also suffered damage.

Bridge Closure

The city announced the closure of the bridge in both directions due to the substantial hole left by the crane’s collapse.

Construction Project Impacted

The crane was reportedly working on a new construction building in the bustling downtown area of Fort Lauderdale.

Witness Accounts

  • Edwin Negru:

    “I was driving in the car just passing by, and I heard a big bang. I thought it was a car accident, but when I pulled over, I saw the crane.”

  • Amalia Meyers:

    “It’s terrible. I can’t believe something like this happened in our city.”

Investigation Underway

An investigation is currently underway to determine the exact cause of the crane collapse.

Remembering the Victim

The construction worker who lost their life in this tragic accident was a dedicated professional. Their sacrifice serves as a somber reminder of the risks involved in building projects.