FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A crane that struck a live power line in Fort Lauderdale triggered an electrical explosion, which landed one worker at the hospital and injured another.
The crew were working on a building along Himmarshee Street in Fort Lauderdale when they contacted the live line on Wednesday.
“This individual was transported to Broward Health in serious but stable condition,” said Stephen Gollan, chief of the Fort Lauderdale fire battalion. “The crane had come into contact with high voltage lines – about 138,000 volts.”
Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue said it was lucky more people weren’t injured and the injured worker was alert and talking on the way to the hospital.
They also said that if it hadn’t been for a Fort Lauderdale police officer nearby, the injured man could have been a lot worse.
“He got out of his patrol car, came to rescue the individual who had fallen, had been electrocuted next to the crane,” Gollan said. “He helped this person get them across the street. Fortunately, he was able to get him across the street before more explosions occurred, and electricity was secured in the area.
Misty Collier’s car was parked in front of the explosion. His rear windshield was shattered from flying debris.
“It was like a really loud explosion and then a guy fell to the ground and screamed really loud,” Collier said. “We all got up to see, to make sure someone was calling someone. All the asphalt and everything under the crane exploded.
Pieces of asphalt could be seen strewn across the street.
“I was right here at the window, so I saw pretty much everything, and concrete debris exploding all over the place,” witness Mikeria Russ said.
“I was just thinking of the worst, you know, stealing concrete and hitting someone,” witness Tina Lucero said. “It could have been a lot worse than it was.”
The crane was apparently attempting to lift a piece of equipment onto the roof of an adjacent pizzeria at the time of the incident.
Florida Power & Light crews responded to the damage and power was restored to the area.
The cause of the explosion remains under investigation.
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