A crane set up on the south side of the historic Washington National Cathedral fell over at 10:55 a.m. Wednesday, according to a post on the cathedral's web page.
The crane had been erected to stabilize debris shaken loose from the cathedral by the Aug. 23 magnitude 5.8 earthquake whose epicenter was in central Virginia.
The crane operator suffered “slight injuries” and was treated on the scene, says Lon Walls, spokesman for the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Dept. There were no other injuries, Walls says.
According to the cathedral’s statement, the crane did not hit the cathedral, but did fall against a separate building on the campus, the Herb Cottage, which houses a gift shop, “and poses a risk to Church House,” which
Walls says the crane also fell on “four to five” automobiles. He said he was told the crane was 500 feet tall. He did not have the name of the company that owned the crane.
The Washington area has been hit with rain, sometimes heavy, for most of the day.
The cathedral adds, “At this point, we have emergency services, engineers and contractors on the scene to make immediate assessments.”
Walls had no information on wind conditions on the cathedral site, which is at the corner of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Aves., N.W.