Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 13, 2012

Tree versus crane, tree wins

MT. VERNON, Ill. — This time it wasn't just the tree that came tumbling down when a crane was brought in to remove a 100-foot Ash that hovered over a house.

No one was hurt when the front end of a 56,000-ton vehicle was lifted off the ground and stood nearly upright, coming to rest against the garage, which sustained some damage.

Randy and Yvette Marlow were having tree work done on their property and were outside when the crane flipped. “They started to cut the tree and then lift it up,” Randy Marlow said. “Then the truck started to bobble and in slow motion it went backwards.”

Power lines were also pulled down by the crane but electricity had been turned off to the residential area prior to starting work.

He said his home's roof did buckle and part of the tree did break through it but it seemed to be holding up against the weight of the tree and crane. No damage estimates to the home were immediately available.

The crane operator was able to escape the cab before it came to a rest nearly two-stories in the air.

Tree service owner Denny Davis said he was thankful no one was hurt, including his son who was working on the Marlow's roof when the tree and crane came down.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in 30 years,” he said

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Additional cranes were being brought to the site to remove the one that had flipped.

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Details for this story were provided by The Mount Vernon (Ill.) Register-News.

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