2 cranes collide at Austin construction site leaving 16 hospitalized

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Two cranes collided Wednesday at a construction site in a rapidly growing neighborhood in Austin Texas, injuring nearly two dozen people, authorities said. (Courtesy: KXAN)

AUSTIN, Texas (NewsNation Now) — Two cranes collided Wednesday at a construction site in a rapidly growing neighborhood in Austin, Texas, injuring nearly two dozen people, authorities said.

Austin-Travis County EMS responded to the call around 9:38 a.m. CT, reporting there were at least 22 people with injuries, including 16 people who were transported to hospitals with non life-threatening injuries. Some people refused treatment. At least eight ambulances responded to the scene.

Authorities described the incident as a “crane collision” where wires from two cranes were entangled several stories above a building under construction with no risk of structural collapse to the building. All injuries incurred happened as workers attempted to flee after the accident reported NewsNation affiliate KXAN.

The Austin Fire Department stated one crane operator who is not in danger remains in a crane cabin providing a “secondary safety” to the mechanical lock that holds the crane in place. The cranes have stabilized bases and don’t pose immediate danger to the building or workers who remain at the scene.

Authorities have cordoned off the area and continue to monitor the site and wind conditions. Residents should avoid the area.

The site is located a few miles north of downtown, at 1600 Robert Browning Street— a construction site for the Mueller Parking Garage and office project, according to a site development plan.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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