Crane Working on New Bay Bridge Span Falls

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Authorities say a crane tipping over won

Daytime view of the Bay Bridge and San Francisco seen from Yerba Buena Island

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities say a crane tipping over won't delay the opening of the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

There were no injuries and nothing leaked into the bay when the crane on a barge underneath the new span toppled. Bridge spokesman Andrew Gordon says the crane had been helping to remove a temporary support structure and was holding a piece of the structure when it fell at around noon Thursday.

Gordon says the paint was damaged on the underside of a crossbeam, but no damage was apparent to the bridge itself. The new bridge is expected to open over Labor Day weekend.

Bay Area Toll Authority spokesman John Goodwin says the supports the crane was taking down were installed years ago to hold up the bridge superstructure during construction.

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