Crane topples in Vail |

Crane topples in Vail

Summit Daily News
Summit County, CO Colorado

A construction crane toppled over in Vail Wednesday afternoon, closing the Interstate 70 frontage road, but no one was injured.

Emergency crews were working to move the 40-ton capacity mobile crane owned by HI Cranes, Inc., of Eagle that fell at the Vail Spa Condominiums at 12:25 p.m.

Both lanes of the South Frontage Road remain closed at this hour.

The crane operator was hoisting materials off the ground and onto the roof when the crane became unstable and tipped, said Vail deputy fire chief Mike McGee.

The operator was assisting with an exterior decking project at the property when the accident occurred.

Vail Spa is managed by East-West Resorts and includes 32 condominiums.

The Vail fire, public works and police department and the Colorado Department of Transportation responded.

The frontage road will be reopened later this evening once the crane has been cleared.

Officials from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration are en route from Denver to conduct an investigation.

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