Watch: Crews attempt to rescue crane from sinkhole at Eglinton Crosstown project in Toronto

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
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Crews attempt to rescue a crane from a sinkhole at the Eglinton Crosstown project in Toronto.
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A mobile crane fell into a sinkhole at the Eglinton Crosstown project in Toronto on Nov. 23. A worker who was trying to escape when the crane began to topple was slightly injured.

The sinkhole is located at Mount Pleasant Road and Eglinton Avenue East. First responders arrived at the scene at around 6 p.m., and a smaller crane was attempting to recover the crane that was the victim of the sinkhole. Rescue attempts continued on Nov. 24. A snag surfaced around 11 a.m. when the track of the crane got caught on concrete. Workers will have to break up the obstruction.

The crane had been on a concrete pad for the past eight months at the site where the underground Mount Pleasant LRT station is being constructed. The ground underneath the pad gave way.

Crews are at the scene trying to figure out what went wrong. Crosslinx Transit Solutions, a joint venture building the light-rail line, is promising a thorough investigation.

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