None injured in crane accident on UMBC campus

A crane toppled on the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, campus at the construction site by West Hill Apartments on Walker Avenue at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

No one was injured in the incident but some construction equipment was damaged in the fall, according to Elyse Ashburn, director of communications at UMBC.

The student apartments are undergoing renovations and are not currently occupied. The whole area is blocked off to foot traffic, Ashburn said.

“It fell over into some scaffolding. There were no injuries and our environmental safety office is investigating,” said Ashburn.

Ashburn said the 70-ton crane with a 100-foot boom was not big enough to cause any severe damage.

“It’s a crane that you drive, it’s not one of the big cranes that’s up over the Arts and Humanities Building for example,” Ashburn said.

"It's one you could see driving down in the slow lane on the Beltway," said Mike Pound, director for environmental safety and health.

That 160-foot tall stationary tower crane is part of the second phase of construction on that building, slated to open in 2014. In comparison, its boom is 244 feet long, Pound said.


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