A California woman narrowly escaped injury after a crane tipped over and fell on her home last week, causing multiple injuries.
Debra Harper, who has lived in her Loma Linda home for 37 years, said she was in the kitchen on Friday, talking to her brother on the phone, when the incident happened.
“We were talking, and all of a sudden, I heard an indescribable noise,” Harper told Nexstar’s KTLA. “So, I shouted. When I went to my front door and opened the door, a truck was lying in my driveway. ”
Around 10 in the morning, the crane fell on top of his garage and two rooms while the company contracted by the utility company Southern California Edison tried to reach a transformer between his house and neighboring houses.
“One of the rooms it hit was the room where my husband was usually watching TV, sitting on the couch,” Harper said. “That’s why I’m just thankful that he’s not at home.”
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Neighbors said they felt it the moment the crane collapsed.
“I felt and heard like an earthquake,” said resident Jenelle Silvers.
Residents in the neighborhood, Harper said, were notified last week that utility crews would be doing work that would affect their electricity.
Silvers said, “I was just wondering who was doing these projects and would we be safe if they told us they were going to do maintenance. I think we should have evacuated our homes.”
After the incident, Harper said he didn’t call 911 because crews were already there and he thought the situation was under control. However, a neighbor called 911 and told KTLA that she was told that no one could get out unless there was a fire.
City officials dispute that claim.
According to the city, the contractor, who SoCal Edison said was replacing power poles, did not call 911 but instead contacted the Loma Linda Department of Public Works about three hours after the crane fell.
Crews were able to remove the crane from the home, but the damage to the home was significant, and city officials have since yellow-tagged the structure, meaning it is not safe for the homeowners to live in it.
It’s unclear what caused the crane to fall, but a SoCal Edison spokesperson told KTLA:
“Southern California Edison is aware of the contractor incident that occurred in Loma Linda on December 1st. The safety of our customers and community is our top priority, and we work to ensure that the work our contractors do is done safely. We are thankful no one was injured and are contacting the customer while we investigate what happened. ”
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In the meantime, Harper and her husband are living in a hotel at their own expense and have no idea when and if they will be able to return to living in their home.