BOSTON — A crane accident near the TD Garden in Boston marked the second construction incident involving a crane in one day.
Sky 25 was over the scene Thursday afternoon where there was damage to the flatbed of a truck and to other construction material. We're told no one was injured.
Metal beams plummeted down from nearly 50 feet above, leaving an impact felt for blocks in an area bustling with people walking and working. Surveillance video from nearby shows how quickly it went awry.
"You could see the beams within eye length from our window and it was just…boom," said Leanne Brum, who witnessed the scene.
Brum had a front row seat to the sudden accident from the fifth floor of her office directly next door from the construction site for the Hub on Causeway project. That project includes an expansion to the TD Garden.
"We saw the beams being lifted up on the crane then we saw it snap," she said. "It was just the most ungodly noise ever."
The plunging metal beams estimated to weigh several hundred pounds each crashed down onto the back of a large flatbed truck.
"You couldn't not hear the whole building shook," Brum said. "It was just noise, you can't even explain it."
The incident occurred less than seven hours after another construction accident less than a mile away in Boston's North End critically hurt a woman walking her dog on the sidewalk.
An Occupational Safety and Health Administration spokesperson told Boston 25 News it was "aware of the second incident and is responding."
OSHA opened an inspection of Corolla Contracting Inc. earlier in the day when a woman was seriously injured by falling debris near a construction site on Atlantic Avenue.
The garden is undergoing a $100 million renovation, which includes a new hotel and apartment building.
John Moriarty & Associates, a local construction company, released a statement on Thursday evening regarding the incident near TD Garden:
This afternoon as a load of steel was being lifted off a delivery truck, it dislodged and fell back onto the truck inside the job site. No one was injured. We are currently working with OSHA to review the situation.
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