Safety & Risk Management
Crane truck flips after arm gets entangled in wires
June 27, 2022 By Chris Bush / Nanaimo Bulletin
A crane truck driver in Nanaimo, B.C. flipped his vehicle on its side after the truck’s crane arm became entangled in communication lines.
Stu Kenning, Nanaimo Fire Rescue assistant chief of operations, said he didn’t know why the truck tangled with the wires, but the crane arm was up due to a malfunction or by mistake.
“It caught a bunch of different lines. It wasn’t just one. It hit a few and got tangled and then fell over, from the weight of the lines I guess,” Kenning said.
Kenning said a large industrial crane was brought to the scene to right the truck, while repair crews from B.C. Hydro, Telus and Shaw untangled the truck’s crane arm.
“The power had to be shut off to, basically, quite a large chunk of [north Nanaimo] to tilt it back up, just for safety reasons,” Kenning said. “It was tilted up once everyone was on scene and it went pretty smooth from there.”
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