Tower Crane Falls, Injures Five in Major HCMC Street

A 45-meter-tall tower crane at the Centec Tower Building in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1 suddenly fell yesterday, injuring five and smashing four motorcycles.

Around 2 p.m., the crane’s structure cracked and it fell while workers were relaying construction materials to the upper floors of the 22-storey building under construction at 72-74 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street.

The worker operating the crane had an arm severed.

The accident broke off telecommunications and power lines along Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, causing power outages in the area around the site. And, since the site was cordoned off after the accident, traffic became jammed for hours.

The crane also smashed four motorbikes parked underneath and hit three passers-by.

Motorbike taxi driver Nguyen Cong Tao said he was driving by when the crane collapsed onto him and another motorbike with two women beside him.

Luckily, the crane was buffered by electricity cables stretching across the path of its fall.

City People’s Committee Vice Chairman Nguyen Huu Tin arrived at the scene an hour after the collapse and told the press the construction project would be halted pending investigation into the accident.

By Ngoc Lu, Diem Le, N. Hieu – Translated by BH

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