A man dies in the fall of a construction crane in Bayonne, 22 people evacuated and displaced

A construction crane collapsed on the Alsace-Lorraine boulevard in the early afternoon this Wednesday, March 9. in Bayonne (Pyrenees-Atlantiques). the driver of the vehicle died in the trap of the crane, two shocked people were taken care of by firefighters. The accident took place on a construction site between boulevard 32 and 38, the crane collapsed on a building at boulevard number 40. The 22 residents of the building, 18 adults and four children, were evacuated a little further towards the Ibis hotel. According to our information, the crane was installed on Tuesday 8 March.

A wonderful resident

It’s around 2pm when the terrible noise echoes in the Saint-Esprit . district† Right next to the scene of the tragedy, Claire, florist of the shop “Art et verdure”, testifies to the violence of the scene: “I was outside, a first part of the crane fell on the building opposite, then the other part followed. It caused a disaster, it was horrible… Then cars drove around, people ran in all directions.

I heard like a building collapse – Claire, witness to the fall of the crane.

Loé is also a stone’s throw away on his terrace: “The crane operator started to climb into the crane and all of a sudden it started to come loose,” says the young man† “She fell on an elderly lady’s building, she was very lucky”. Because this resident was sitting on her balcony, on the part that didn’t collapse. A real miracle.

Residents moved until at least Friday

“We are concerned about the situation of the evacuated families”explains Jean-René Etchegaray, the mayor of Bayonne. “Seventeen families can resettle tonight” [de mercredi à jeudi] at the Ibis hotel, because for security reasons no one can enter this property.” The first findings have been made in the building, an expert has been appointed by the public prosecutor.

“It seems that the structure of the building has not suffered”continues the mayor. “Part of the top floor has been partially destroyed, including an apartment.”

We hope that the other residents will be able to go home from Friday to Saturday to spend the night there, but we won’t know that until Friday. – Jean-René Etchegaray, Mayor of Bayonne

Open investigation

A judicial inquiry is opened and according to preliminary elements, the crane was fixed to the ground on four poles, one of which would have fallen”causing the crane to fall according to: the sub-prefect of Bayonne Philippe Le Moing-Surzur† †The building on which the crane collapsed has been moved. The firefighters will check the integrity of the building before authorizing residents to return to it‘ adds the deputy prefect.

The crane is installed on a construction site on the Alsace Lorraine boulevard in Bayonne © Radio France
Paul Nicolaï
In its fall, the crane also crushed vehicles
In its fall, the crane also crushed vehicles
DR

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Portion of the boulevard Alsace Lorraine will remain closed to traffic until at least Friday, between rue de l’Esté and rue du Capitaine Pellot, time to disassemble this crane, which will be done by specialized means. On Chronoplus lines 4 and 32, the stops Alsace-Lorraine, Jules Ferry, Bourbaki and Jean Jaurès are not served.

the Center Hospitalier de la Côte Basque has activated the Medical Psychological Emergency Department to provide assistance to a person, victim or witness, who needs psychological support with the 05 59 44 41 30

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