Crane crash setback for new Tesco

By Dave Doyle | 20/02/2014 2 comments

Crane crash setback for new Tesco

A £40 million supermarket scheme suffered a setback when a crane to build the steel frame bent in half and crashed to the ground .

The heavy lifter was being used on Wednesday to build a new Tesco store on the former site of Rotherham Borough Council's civic buildings, off Drummond Street.

Eyewitnesses heard a loud bang as the vehicle's arm bent at a right angle, causing the end to hit the floor.

Music teacher Andrew Rae snapped the stricken crane and tweeted: "I believe that the crane tasked with erecting the new Tesco may have just gone and snapped."

He told the Advertiser: "I didn't see it happen but I heard it all the way from Eastwood Lane."

The Advertiser called crane owners Emsley Crane Hire to ask what had happened to the vehicle, but no-one was available for comment.

  • @PeteGirth: I asked @Mr_Rae a question on Twitter, to which he responded. I left him my phone number and asked him to call. He didn't call, so I used what I had. See for the relevant tweets. Dave Doyle

    newsdesk. Wed 26 Feb 10:38:13.

  • You didn't even interview this music teacher, you just posted something from his twitter account.

    PeteGirth. Fri 21 Feb 07:22:53.

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