What happened in Austin when the two cranes collapsed and is anyone hurt?

TWO construction cranes crashed into each other in Austin on Wednesday and injured about 22 people.

According to reports, one person remains trapped after the accident. 

Here is more on the crane accident.

What happened in Austin?

Two construction cranes crashed into each other and collapsed on Wednesday in Austin, Texas.

Nearly two dozen people were injured and one is reportedly trapped.

Where did the accident take place?

The collapse took place at 1600 Robert Browning St in Austin.

Austin Travis County (ATC) EMS tweeted Wednesday morning: "22 victims, 20 persons now considered patients with rescue assets attempting to make access to a crane operator."

People nearby have been urged to "avoid the area if possible."

At least eight ambulances were making their way to the scene as the incident unfolded.

According to KXAN, Austin Fire Department crews responded to the construction site of the Mueller Parking Garage and office project.

The construction site is located in east Austin.

Who is injured?

According to an updated tweet by ATC EMS, there is a total confirmed "victim count of 22” along with 16 others being transported to a hospital.

ATC EMS' Public Information Officer is reportedly responding to the scene for a news briefing.

The accident has been described as a “crane collision” and a “structural collapse" by authorities.

An investigation of the accident is still ongoing.

How many crane accidents occur per year?

  • According to an Occupational Safety & Health Administration's analysis there are 71 fatalities each year regarding crane accidents
  • Nearly 45 percent of the cases included boom or crane contact with energized power lines, overturned cranes, boom collapse and weight crush
  • From 2011 to 2017, the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) reported 297 total crane-related deaths
  • Men accounted for 293 of the 297 fatal injuries involving cranes

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