Crane Collapses, Beam Narrowly Misses Highway

Crane crushes light generator

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011  |  Updated 9:18 AM CDT
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Crane Collapses, Beam Narrowly Misses Highway

A concrete beam came inches from landing on Interstate 20 after a crane collapsed overnight Wednesday.

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A crane used in the construction of state Highway 161 collapsed late Tuesday, nearly dropping a concrete beam onto the open lanes of Interstate 20.

The beam came crashing down just inches away from the interstate at about 10 p.m., which was open to traffic at the time.

The crane came to rest upon the partially-constructed lanes of an overpass and suffered significant damage.  The beam crushed a light-tower generator.

It is not yet known what cased the crane to collapse. There were no injuries reported.

State Highway 161, which will be a toll road when completed, stretches north from I-20 to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, where it runs along the airport's east side until it merges with the President George Bush Turnpike north of state Highway 183.

Officials with the Texas Department of Transportation said there are 15,000 crashes at road construction sites each year, killing 100 people.

NBC 5's Amanda Fitzpatrick contributed to this report.
 

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