Clean up continues in A.C. after crane crashes into bay - NBC40.net

Clean up continues in A.C. after crane crashes into bay

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ATLANTIC CITY -

Construction workers and Coast Guard crews continued to work along the Absecon Bay in Atlantic City on Wednesday after a crane toppled into the water on Tuesday night, spilling a hazardous fluid.

It took just seconds for the 175 ton crane to topple into the Absecon Bay while loading a fishing boat on Tuesday night.

"My unit got the call about 6:00 P.M. that there was a crane tipped over here on the boat dock and basically they responded to assess all the damage," said Lt. C.K. Moore of the Atlantic City Coast Guard.

Coast Guard officials say fifty gallons of hydraulic fluid inside of the crane leaked into the bay.

Crews worked to clean up throughout the night, and according to Lt. Jacqueline Fitch they continued to assess the damage on Wednesday.

"Our only concern was having oil in the water, but because we were able to get on scene on time our local station, small boat station, station Atlantic City deployed boom and the contractors North Star, came on scene, they deployed boom to secure it."

Almost all of the hydraulic fluid has been removed from the water and what does remain in the bay does not pose any threat to the environment. In fact they say it's the environment itself that will finish the clean up.

The crane operator was injured and was taken to the hospital for treatment of a possible head injury.

Currently construction workers are still on the scene assessing the damages of the crane, which was removed from the water Wednesday afternoon.

It is unknown at this time what caused the crane to topple, but the incident is under investigation.

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