Crane falls into new Heritage buildings


A big thud was felt Friday afternoon on the northeast corner of campus. One of the cranes working on the new Heritage Halls buildings collapsed.

“No one was hurt in the accident,” said Carri Jenkins, university spokeswoman. “No one was evacuated; employees at the Morris Center were able to carry on business as usual.”

The crane fell over one of the uninhabited new Heritage Halls buildings as well as a wall located near the Morris Center.

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A six-story-tall crane fell at the New Heritage Halls construction site, crashing into the roof of a recently raised building.

“It was around 2:30 p.m. Friday that the tower portion of the remote operated crane fell,” Jenkins said. “Very minimal damage was done to the residence hall under construction.”

Jenkins said the wall the crane hit was a screening wall for cooling towers near the southwest corner of the Morris Center. There was no damage to the cooling towers.

Employees working in surrounding buildings came out to view the crane that looks like it melted.

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