A 28,000-pound crane mounted on a truck fell to its side on the Santa Monica Pier early Wednesday, February 1st, temporarily closing vehicular traffic to the pier, Santa Monica fire officials said.
No injuries were reported and minimal damage was done to the pier in the accident, Santa Monica Fire Department Capt. Scott Ziegert said.
Santa Monica firefighters were called to the pier at 8:17 a.m., where the crane-equipped truck had reportedly fallen on its left side, Ziegert said.
Santa Monica police and city building and safety officials were also called to the scene.
“The crane was moving a load and the combination with the load and something else caused it to go on its side,” Ziegert said.
The crane was being used to move wood beams from one part of the pier to another as part of a pier reinforcement project, he said.
A larger crane was brought in to the adjacent beach parking lot shortly after 4 p.m. to lift up the overturned crane, which was later taken off the pier, Ziegert said.
The pier remained open to pedestrian traffic during the incident.
There was no loss of power and businesses on the pier were unaffected by the accident, Ziegert said.
The cause of the accident is under investigation.