Crane awaits lift after creek tumble

POLICE are investigating how a crane ended up plummeting more than four metres into a creek near Moranbah on Monday.

Fortunately the driver was not seriously injured in the incident, though he does have cuts and bruises.

Authorities hope efforts to salvage the 20-tonne Franna crane, which sits in Grosvenor Creek, about one kilometre south of the mining town, will be undertaken in coming days.

“The crane has run off the Moranbah Access Rd,” a Moranbah police spokesman said yesterday.

“It has not been retrieved yet.”

The spokesman said the incident happened about 11.30am.

“The matter is still under investigation,” the officer said.

Officers from the Isaac Regional Council attended the scene.

“Due to an incident where damage was caused to the outer barrier of Grosvenor Creek bridge, council has erected an immediate safety barrier which will be replaced shortly by a more substantial temporary barrier,” a council spokesman said.

“In the meantime, council asks all road users to drive carefully and to current conditions.”

It's understood the driver, whose age is unknown, was able to free himself from the vehicle before authorities arrived.

He was taken to Moranbah Hospital with minor injuries.



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