Two men have died after a crane collapsed on a Seddon site in Crewe.
Another man, believed to be the crane driver, was taken by air ambulance to Royal Stoke Hospital with serious, but not life threatening, injuries. A parent and child were also taken to hospital as a precaution as the crane had struck residential buildings surrounding the site.
The three men were working on site when the crane collapsed and became trapped underneath it. The incident is currently under a joint investigation with Cheshire Police and the HSE to establish the cause of the crane collapse.
A statement from Seddon, the site main contractor, read: “We are aware of an incident at our construction site on Dunwoody Way, Crewe. At this early stage we are working with the emergency services and authorities in order to provide the necessary assistance. We will provide further updates once more information becomes available.”
Chief Superintendent Matt Welsted of Cheshire Police said: “This is a truly tragic incident, and our deepest condolences go out to the families affected at this extremely difficult time.
“This is a multi-agency operation and we are working closely with the Health & Safety Executive, local authority and building control to establish the full circumstances of the incident. However I would like to reassure members of the public that nobody else is at risk.”
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed the bodies of the victims were recovered from the site shortly after midnight.