A telescopic crawler crane tipped rearwards onto its counterweight earlier tonight on the M23 motorway near London’s Gatwick airport in the UK.
The crane operator has clearly slewed over the side with the tracks fully retracted - to an overall width of under three metres, full counterweight in place and the almost fully retracted boom fully elevated, making it very back heavy.
The crane, a 70 tonne Sennebogen 673E owned by Sheet Piling (UK), came to rest on its counterweight with no one hurt in the incident and the damage probably slight. However, the police closed two lanes of the motorway as a precaution, causing major traffic problems in the area. The southbound lanes of the road are due to be closed overnight in order to recover the crane.