Video: Holland bridge lift turns to crane collapse

Tandem barge lift goes awry, sending machine and metal tumbling into five adjacent structures

The cranes were renovating the Queen Juliana Bridge – a canal bridge dating from the 1950s.
The cranes were renovating the Queen Juliana Bridge – a canal bridge dating from the 1950s.

Several buildings were reduced to rubble in Holland yesterday after two large cranes carrying out a complex bridge lift from a canal-borne barge went awry, sending the machines tumbling into the water and five adjacent structures.

The footage of the incident shows the cranes initially manoeuvring the bridge section before it begins to swing out of control, amid verbal warnings from the crane operators, before toppling across the canal in Alphen aan den Rijn, South Holland.

One man was pulled from the rubble complaining of hip pain and emergency services initially believed around 20 others were injured, but it transpires that no one else was hurt during the incident, with the exception of a dog later found dead at the scene.

The drama was captured in amateur footage shot by a local resident who was following the progress of the bridge works from his balcony.

Dutch prosecutors have now opened a probe into the accident and three people have already voluntarily presented themselves to local police, while a security perimeter has been set up around the site, temporarily evicting the residents from a further 51 homes.

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