ATLANTA — Four people were injured in a crane collapse Monday afternoon in Midtown Atlanta.
Atlanta Fire Rescue Department crews responded to the 1000 block of W. Peachtree Street near 10th Street just after 2:20 p.m.
Firefighters initially received calls about a fire, but when they arrived they found a partial crane collapse at a construction site.
According to officials, part of the counterbalance of the crane fell off and badly damaged two floors of the building below. Debris also damaged a car.
The four people who were injured were initially taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries but were then taken by ambulance to Northside Hospital.
W. Peachtree Street has been closed to traffic; as well as Spring Street NW between 12th Street and 10th Street; and 10th Street NW from Spring Street NW to W. Peachtree Street NW.
“They’re not stable. The engineers have advised that everyone evacuate the building. They are in fear of the two floors further collapsing,” Michael Roman with Atlanta Fire Rescue Department said. “We closed all streets to traffic and we evacuated three buildings where people reside because they are in the danger zone.”
Initially, firefighters received reports that 7 additional people were unaccounted for, but they were all located.
Atlanta police, Georgia Tech police, Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, and EMS crews responded to the scene.
The public should avoid the area for the next several hours as officials investigate.