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Huge operation at Pigeon Top to recover crane which toppled off road

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Huge operation at Pigeon Top to recover crane which toppled off road thumbnailThe scene near the Pigeon Top on Friday evening when a 48 ton crane overturned into the roadside bog while on route from the Cornavarrow Wind Farm. The machine is partially covered.

IT was very fortunate that no one was hurt when a crane toppled over at the Pigeon Top near Omagh on Friday, says Cathal McShane, of the crane hire company.

The crane was travelling back from the site of Cornavarrow Wind Farm when the road subsided under the 635,000 machinery - forcing the closure of the road.

It remains closed and is only expected to re-open tomorrow (Thursday). Diversions are in place.

"The driver was out of the crane when it happened," explained Mr McShane, of BossHire. "He was very fortunate not to be hurt.

"He felt the crane starting to slip but managed to get out before the inevitable happened.

"The situation could have been a whole lot worse. As long as no one is hurt, that is the main thing. Obviously it hurts a bit financially but at the end of the day everyone is smiling and that's all that matters."

After three days of preparatory works for which a hugh crane was drafted in, the initial crane, which toppled off the road, was finally recovered and made safe on Monday evening.

However, "there remains a considerable amount of work to get it removed from its position", explained Mr McShane. The engine needs repaired and overall checks by a huge piece of machinery will be carried out.

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