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Crane overturns in Chile

A five axle All Terrain crane overturned in the city of Antofagasta, Northern Chile on Saturday when the ground gave way beneath one of the outriggers.
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The crane went over sideways when the ground under the outriggers on one side gave way

The crane operator was injured, and the fully extended main boom came down on a car and caused significant damage to a hotel and a private home, as well as pulling power lines down. Given the central location next to a busy intersection it is lucky no one else was hurt.
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The outriggers went into a void of some sort

Details on what the crane was doing are scarce, although it looks as though the crane was installing or removing a tower crane, and the photos we have been sent by a local reader clearly show at least one outrigger having punched through the road surface.
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A parked car was struck with the full force of the boom


Looks like the outrigger mats were as scarce as the details you have received!

May 26, 2014