Fallen Fort Collins crane righted

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - An upended 80,000-pound crane was righted Thursday after two other cranes were used to get it back on its wheels.

The crane toppled Wednesday at Lake and Robertson streets in Fort Collins while attempting to lift a tree in a customer's yard. The tree proved too heavy for the length of the crane's boom.

The crane operator could have dropped the tree as his rig began to tip, but there were workers underneath the tree, so he kept the crane attached.

The crane was pulled off all four of its tires, supported by two large metal stabilizer jacks attached to the crane. The boom end of the crane stopped within 2 inches of the roof of a next-door neighbor's garage, but the crane operator wasn't injured.