Sixteen construction workers were hospitalized after two cranes collided above an Austin job site on Wednesday morning, according to emergency management personnel.
Austin-Travis County EMS reported that three others were injured but not hospitalized. No fatalities or life-threatening injuries have been reported. All injuries appear to have been sustained after the collision as crews were trying to get away from the cranes.
Emergency crews responded to the collision at an office building/parking garage project at 9:42 a.m. local time, located at 1600 Robert Browning and Aldrict streets, within the 700-acre Mueller mixed-use development. The project is being developed by Catellus.
“This morning two cranes collided on an active construction site, and we are deeply grateful for the emergency services and crane experts who promptly arrived on the scene. Catellus is committed to the safety and security of the community, and we understand everyone affected by this accident is being properly cared for," said Brian Dolezal, vice president of communications for the Mueller redevelopment in a statement. "The construction site’s contractor is in close contact with the crane operators and city officials to determine the cause of this incident and to ensure the highest safety standards.”
The presumed contractor has not yet responded to ENR's request for comment.