Car smashed as construction crane topples onto road - WSMV News 4

Car smashed as construction crane topples onto road

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A crane at the site of a Tennessee Department of Transportation bridge project collapsed onto a vehicle Tuesday afternoon south of Gallatin.

The incident was reported about 1:30 p.m. along Highway 109 near the Cumberland River.

Two men were in the car at the time of the crane collapse. One man was treated at Sumner Regional Medical Center for minor injuries, and the other man was able to walk away uninjured.

"It was pretty bad. They never hit the brakes. They were doing probably 35 mph, and it was just a hard impact. It made a loud pop when it hit," said witness David Smith.

The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

There have been no reports on what may have caused the crane to collapse, but Sumner County was under a significant weather advisory at the time for the possibility of winds up to 60 mph.

"We do know there were strong winds at that time in the afternoon, but we don't know if the wind contributed in what happened," said Gallatin police Ofc. Bill Storment.

TDOT reports the road was closed in both directions for nearly six hours. It reopened just after 7 p.m.

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