CAMPBELL, Calif. (KTVU) A crane fully extended some 190 feet in the air, suddenly toppled over just before noon Tuesday as it was replacing a power pole. The crane arm came crashing down on a house and several other structures. It was righted and taken away overnight.
One neighbor Betsy Perry heard it hit her property on Sondra Way.
"I was in the kitchen and I just heard a large crash or boom something like I never heard before," said Perry.
The crane's arm was so long, it reached a house and storage shed one street over on Charmain Drive. One family on that street was shocked to see the massive crane collapsed across their yard and their neighbors's yard. It was a narrow escape. Fate, on this day, seemed to be in their favor.
"I'm pretty shocked to see all the damage that happened," said Joseph Ford, looking at the giant crane arm in his back yard.
It was supposed to be a routine job by King Crane Service, a subsidiary of the Bigge Crane company. Neither had comment when KTVU reached out to them tonight.
"It was setting poles for PG&E they were replacing telephone poles and power poles in the area," said Battallion Chief Brian Glass of the Santa Clara County Fire Department.
Fire officials say amazingly there were no injuries. The damage limited to one house, two sheds, and a fence.
"We're working with the families along with PG&E to make sure the homes are safely inhabiltable," said Captain Gary Berg with the Campbell Police Department
One neighbor says the crane company crews told residents it was an equipment malfunction.
"Right now they're saying it was a hydraulic problem with the crane and it wasn't the operator and the safety crews are saying no one got hurt," said Jeff Pippin, a nearby Campbell resident.
After checking state records, KTVU discovered that Cal-OSHA has two cases on the King Crane Service company.
One case in November 2015 involved an accident at Moffett Air Field. Cal-OSHA officials say they are working on our request for the records and any citations.
Another case from just six weeks ago at the Alameda Coast Guard Island is open and under investigation.
Usually we're dealing with tipsy drivers, not cranes replacing power poles. pic.twitter.com/Ee8uKPuTsq— Campbell Police (@CampbellPolice) August 8, 2017