Construction Cranes Collide In Austin, At Least 20 Hurt

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By NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

At least 20 people were hurt when two cranes collided at a construction site in Austin.

The two construction cranes collided at a work site on Wednesday, causing one of them to partially collapse and injuring at least 22 workers, authorities said.

Captain Darren Noak with Austin-Travis County EMS says they don't know what caused the collision.

East Austin Crane collapse:-Crane operator remains at top-22 injured-16 taken to hospital-First responders say collapse unlikely pic.twitter.com/hqGuGWWaPc

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Officials say 16 people were taken to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. Several others were treated at the scene.

One operator is still in the crane 150 feet above the ground. Officials say he's serving as "secondary safety" and is not in danger.

"He's fine," Fire Department Capt. Mark Bridge said. "There's no danger to him."

The cause of the accident is under investigation.