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Crane falls on New London construction site

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New London — A crane working on the construction of an apartment complex on Howard Street Monday morning fell into the road.

The crane, which was being used for the apartment complex under construction at the corner of Bank and Howard streets, fell partially into the roadway. A section of Howard Street was cordoned off by police and fire vehicles, preventing traffic from crossing the intersection of Bank and Howard streets for more than two hours.

According to Battalion Chief Jeffrey Rheaume, units were dispatched at 8:37 a.m. Police Capt. Brian Wright said police are still investigating why the crane turned over.

No one was injured. Rheaume said the operator of the crane refused medical attention. Wright said he isn't sure about the extent of damage to the crane.

Rheaume said about 5 gallons of fuel spilled from the tank of the crane and into the dirt on the construction site. Authorities notified the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection about the fuel spill.

Authorities also notified the state Department of Labor's Division of Occupational Safety and Health, as is customary for accidents on construction sites.

Pennsylvania-based A. R. Building Company is working on the development along with e2 Engineers, a structural engineering group in New London. In May 2018, New London's Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council approved construction of a 98-unit residential apartment complex on the site. 

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