Crane Upends While Fixing National Cathedral

Buildings damaged but no injuries reported as 500-ton machine tips over

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Update (12:45 p.m. EDT): One person was taken to the hospital after the accident, the Post has reported, but there's no information on the extent of his injuries. The latest report has a few more details about what happened:

The crane was lifting supplies to the roof when it became unbalanced, Donnelly said. Wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph were recorded shortly before the accident but it’s not yet known if that caused the accident.

The operator was inside the crane when it fell but he reportedly walked away from the crash. A person was also reportedly in one of the vehicles that was damaged but was not hurt.

Original: A 500-ton crane that was brought in to repair the Natonial Cathedral after it was damaged in an earthquake toppled over on Wednesday. The upended crane damaged the Herb Cottage and the church house, according to The Washington Post, and hit a few cars, too. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported. Washington, D.C. has experienced some heavy rain on Wednesday, but the weather hasn't specifically been linked to the accident so far.

Update (2:50 p.m. EDT): This amazing photo went up a few minutes ago on the cathedral's account:

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