This dramatic video shows the horrifying moment when a crawler crane collapses on a busy road in Wuhan, crushing a car and holding a female passenger in it.
The accident happened at about 9:30 a.m. local time yesterday at the former Covid-19 epicenter and the capital of Hubei Province in China.
The footage shows a car crushed by the collapsing crane arm as it falls over, with a man in a vehicle panting in shock behind as the disaster unfolds.
A second clip shows a woman trapped in the rear seat while attached to the collapsed roof of the vehicle, which collapsed under the weight of the crane.
Fortunately, neither she nor the driver of the vehicle, who managed to get out, was seriously injured.
Both were treated in a local hospital, according to local reports.
It is not believed that the crane operator was injured, but the cause of the accident remains unclear at this time.
The morning rush hour happened when a crawler crane was hoisting a steel cage, Wuhan Urban and Rural Construction Bureau said in a statement.
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