1 dead, 1 injured after crane collapse in University City

Officials say a worker was killed and another was injured when a crane unloading heavy equipment from a tractor-trailer toppled over Tuesday night in University City.

A spokesperson from Cook Drilling told FOX 29 that crews were working on installing a walking bridge over Convention Avenue around 10:30 when the accident happened. 

Emergency medical crews discovered a 55-year-old worker trapped underneath the crane. He was freed and taken to Penn Presbyterian Hospital where he died from his injuries, according to officials.

A spokesperson said the worker who was killed was not a Cook Drilling employee. The crane operator, a Cook Drilling worker, suffered minor injuries. 

Fire officials on Tuesday night said the crane fell away from nearby buildings and did not cause property damage.

Crews were able to upright the 75-ton crane Wednesday afternoon. It was then taken to Cook Drilling in Trevose for further inspection.

A 55-year-old man is dead after a crane collapse in University City

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Philadelphia office will investigate the accident, officials said.

Two separate companies working at the Penn construction site, Balfour Beatty and LF Driscoll, acknowledged the accident, saying in a joint statement:

"We are deeply saddened by this incident, and our sincere sympathies are with all involved. We are supporting project team members during this trying time and fully cooperating with the ongoing investigation."



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