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Construction Crane Collapses in Ohio

February 16, 2004

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) _ A crane collapsed Monday onto a construction site in the median at an Interstate 280 bridge over the Maumee River, crushing a tractor-trailer and killing three people, fire officials said.

At least two other people were injured, Fire Capt. Robert Krause said.

The yellow crane fell in the median between the northbound and southbound lanes on the freeway’s approach to the bridge.

``There’s massive damage,″ Krause said.

The bridge south of downtown had remained open to traffic while crews started a $277 million project to widen the span to six lanes from four.

Lucky Davis said he was driving north on I-280 and was about 50 yards from the crane when he heard a noise.

``It was like the loudest thunder I’ve ever heard in my life,″ said Davis, 33, of Toledo. ``It was like a split second and I heard people screaming. I was in shock.″

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