Crane prompts temporary closure

July 21, 2008 8:46:40 AM PDT
Worries over a swaying crane forced police to shut down a major East Bay thoroughfare late Sunday night.

Emeryville police were forced to shut down the San Pablo, Adeline and West MacArthur intersection. The problem occurred when a boom on the crane was hanging over the intersection, and it was swaying rapidly back and forth in the wind. Police officers moved in immediately to shut down the intersection.

There were concerns that the closure might impact the morning commute, however, the intersection has since been reopened. Officers were able to contact the owner of the crane, to determine why it was moving so rapidly in the wind.

"We contacted a person who specializes in preparing cranes and also certifies crane operators, and that person advised us that what we were observing appears to be normal. We also contacted a person from the construction company who said the crane had just been inspected on Thursday, and did not see any danger to the public," said Sgt. Fred Dauer, Emeryville police department.

The crane is expected to come down at some point on Monday.


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