LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — Video captured the moment a Southern California Edison crane fell over in a residential area of Long Beach Monday afternoon, injuring one person.
Officers responded to assist the fire department in the 300 block of 61st St. regarding reports of a fallen crane at approximately 1 p.m.
Upon their arrival, officers assisted an onsite construction company with closing traffic lanes in the immediate area, the Long Beach Police Department reported.
One person, later identified as Pastor Carl Kromming, suffered injuries to the head and ribs when the crane came down.
Kromming was in his backyard underneath his carport.
“I was putting gas in our generator because I have a son with cerebral palsy who has medical equipment,” Kromming said.
Cell phone video recorded just moments before the crane collapse showed a wooden utility pole being removed.
The pole and the top of the crane landed on an RV cover, taking out a portion of a roof and a neighboring fence.
“The roof of my patio came down on me…Fortunately, I was close to the house an in the little triangle there,” said Kromming.
He was able to avoid serious injury but required nine staples in his head and fractured two ribs.
Ken Seeley was standing in his backyard recording.
“That’s where a bunch of guys were, right there. They scrambled out of here,” he remembered.
“I thought it was an earthquake,” another man said.
SoCal Edison crews restored power to homes connected to lines that were knocked down by the crane Monday.
All lanes of 61st Street were closed from Elm to DeForest Avenue and were slowly re-opening as crews continued clean-up into the evening.
SoCal Edison had only said an investigation is continuing as of Tuesday afternoon.