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.
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.
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.
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
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