Mobile crane crashes into POSB branch in Woodlands Centre Road in the morning

SCDF cordon off area of the demised crane.
SCDF arrived at site and cordon off area of the demised crane.

far view of the demised crane from a bystander
Far view from a bystander.

A mobile crane has crashed into a bank branch in Woodlands Centre Road early Wednesday morning (24 February) after the driver lost control while making a turn.

The driver has escaped unhurt, according to the police officers at the scene. A motorcycle was seen wedged under the vehicle, but no one was injured in the accident, the police said.

The mobile crane was making a turn at around 6.30am when the driver lost control and the vehicle skidded, overturned and smashed into the POSB branch at 2A Woodlands Centre Road.

Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it has received a call about the accident at about 7am. A fire engine and an ambulance has been deployed to the scene shortly.

Bystanders helping operator out from crane
Images of bystanders helping the operator to get out of the
crane while people starts to gather.

The driver, noticeably shaken, told Channel News Asia that he was heading to a construction site when the accident happened. He was unhurt but suffered a hit on his head on the back of the seat. possibly causing whiplash. He was promptly helped by two bystanders who opened the crane’s door.

Construction worker Kamal Hassan, 49, was at the scene 10 minutes before the accident happened mentioned that he heard a loud sound and saw the mobile crane overturned. A few motorcycles were crushed under the vehicle.

Concerns are raised over the structure stability as there are residents staying on the second storey and BCA would need to carry out a structural inspection.

Investigation has not been carried out yet what has caused the crane to overturned. The crane is believed to be a Grove GMK4100L.

Below are more photos of the accident:

mobile crane lying on the side of its carrier
Crane lying on the side of its carrier

boom head crashed into the wall of the building, creating a big hole
Boom head has crashed into the wall of the building, creating a big hole.

rear view of the demised crane
Rear view of the demised crane.

crowd gathering to see the demised crane in the morning
Crowd gathering to see the demised crane in the morning.

closer view of the crane's boom inside the building's wall
Closer view of the crane’s boom inside the building’s wall.

UPDATE ON THE FOLLOWING ACCIDENT (26 FEB 2016)

Newspaper Report on 26th Feb 2016 on recovery of the crane.
Source: The Straits Time

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