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Crane overturns at foot of Brindley Mountain; 1 hurt

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com · 340-2445

BRINDLEY MOUNTAIN — One person was injured when a crane overturned at the foot of Brindley Mountain on Saturday, according to state troopers.

MedFlight took the driver to Huntsville Hospital.

The crane overturned in the northbound lane on U.S. 231 at the bottom of the mountain around 4:30 p.m.

Troopers did not have the driver’s name at press time.

Brindlee Mountain Volunteer Fire Department Capt. Jeff Burns said the crane belongs to Solley Crane Co.

Burns said the cab went 20 feet down an embankment, penning the driver.

He was conscious at first, but his condition worsened, Burns said. It took 11/2 hours to get him from the truck.

“We had to stabilize the cab, or it would have rolled and killed about 10 rescuers,” Burns said. “We tried to lift it, but finally had to cut him out.”

Burns said he did not know why the driver lost control. He hit the right and left guardrails and flipped, Burns said.

Lacey’s Spring and Somerville fire departments and Huntsville-Madison County Rescue Squad assisted.

Burns said one northbound lane was to remain closed through the night because workers wanted to wait until daylight to remove the damaged crane.

The crane was about a foot from the road, Burns said, and the road was heavily damaged.

Both lanes were to be closed at 8 a.m. Sunday, when another crane and wrecker were to remove the damaged crane, Burns said.

Burns said the state Department of Transportation was to repave the damaged road area Sunday.

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