Crane Slides into Newark Bay
Firefighters on the water and land are on the scene of an excavation crane that fell into Newark Bay.
A fire department spokesman says it happened Thursday near Delancey Street.
The Star-Ledger reports a man was inside the cab of the crane when it fell into the bay. "I was the first one in the water, but there was nothing I could do,” recalled Mike Rios a fellow crane operator at the same site who watched the crane fall into the Bay.
Rios said they were both working on a flood-control project. He says the excavator was on top of a stone wall when it began to slip and the operator put it into reverse.Several people tried to get to the trapped operator without success.
State Police tell CBS New York the operator of the crane is unaccounted for.
Video from News 12 New Jersey shows the construction equipment submerged in water and mud.
- Excavation Crane Slides Into Newark Bay; State Police Say Operator Unaccounted For / CBS New York
- Crane tips over into Newark Bay / News 12 New Jersey
- Excavating crane falls into water at Port Newark / Star-Ledger
The Associated Press contributed to this report.