A crane toppled at the National Cathedral this morning, sending one person to the hospital and damaging two out-buildings and crushing several vehicles.
DC Fire/EMS Battalion Chief John Donnelly said one person was taken to the hospital but he did not have not have more information on the extent of the person’s injuries.
When the crane came down, it damaged both the Herb Cottage and the Church House, the headquarters of the diocese. Three to five parked cars were also crushed, said D.C. Fire/EMS spokesman Oscar Mendez.
The crane was lifting supplies to the roof when it became unbalanced, Donnelly said. Wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph were recorded shortly before the accident but it’s not known whether that caused the accident.
The Rev. Simon Bautista, the Canon for Latino Ministries for the diocese, said he was on a conference call with his staff as part of their ongoing planning for an Oct. 8 Latino celebration. The window of his second-floor office in Church House overlooks the parking lot.
Suddenly he heard a sound that was like “thunder,” Bautista said. “My office started shaking.”
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