Crane Overturns on Car During Tree Removal in La Cañada Flintridge

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In a recent incident in La Cañada Flintridge, on the northern edge of Los Angeles, California, a crane overturned onto a car at a private residence. The incident, which occurred last week and was reported on February 12, 2024, happened while the crane was engaged in removing a tree section.

Fortunately, there were no injuries reported, which is particularly noteworthy given the nature of the accident. The cause of the crane’s overturn appears to have been linked to an inadequate outrigger setup. The crane in question, an Altec truck crane or big boom truck, was operating with approximately 37 meters of its main boom extended when it toppled, resulting in the boom crashing onto the family’s car.

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In response to this incident, the tree removal company enlisted the services of Pepe’s Towing Service to handle the recovery of the crane. This task proved to be highly challenging due to the limited space at the site and the crane owner’s desire to salvage as much of the crane as possible. The team from Pepe’s Towing Service documented the entire recovery process in a video, which offers a detailed look at the complexities involved in such operations. Viewers interested in the intricacies of crane recovery should note that the video is almost two hours long, but it is thoroughly informative and well-produced.

The recovery team faced additional challenges once the crane was righted. The initial plan was to start the crane’s engine and telescope the boom back in after cutting off the bent sections. However, this approach proved unsuccessful, leading to the implementation of a secondary plan. The video capturing this recovery operation provides a comprehensive view of these challenges and the team’s efforts to address them.

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