Crane collapses in Edgewater Beach, no injuries reported

Purple and Red Line service was delayed Wednesday afternoon in Edgewater Beach on the North Side after a large construction crane collapsed.

A crane operated by a private contractor toppled over in the 1100 block of West Bryn Mawr method, knocking down strength lines and crushing part of a means, Chicago Fire District Chief John Gies told reporters at the scene.

A nearby building was slightly evacuated out of precaution, but no injuries have been reported, Gies said, adding that the crane operator was not hurt.

A construction crane collapsed in Edgewater Beach Oct. 6, 2021
Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

Gies said it wasn’t closest clear what caused the crane to collapse, and the cleanup course of action might take some time. Occupants of the evacuated building won’t be able to return until the crane is cleared, he said.

“It’s gonna take a while to rectify the crane because it’s a big piece of equipment that’s got to be taken apart,” Gies said.

strength has been shut off near the area, leaving some homes and businesses without electricity.

Red and Purple Line trains were running but not stopping at the nearby Bryn Mawr stop because of the collapse, but normal aim service resumed by 9 p.m., the CTA said.

Conor Sullivan, who lives in the building that was evacuated, was working at home when he heard a large expansion and felt his apartment shake.

He looked out his window and saw the overturned crane. Sirens and fire department crews then flooded the construction site minutes later, he said.

Sullivan said he and other occupants of the building were offered to be put up at a hotel if the area isn’t cleared soon.

Sullivan said that though he’s “really happy that they’re fixing up the Red Line,” the crane collapse might make him “a little more worried” about all of the construction.

A construction crane collapsed in Edgewater Beach Oct. 6, 2021.
Chicago Fire Department

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