Crane topples over on eastbound SR-56 ramp to southbound I-15

Posted at 4:55 PM, Dec 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-08 10:43:32-05

SAN DIEGO - A large boom crane fell on its side on the eastbound State Route 56 ramp to southbound Interstate 15 Wednesday afternoon, snarling traffic in the area.

Just before 1 a.m. Thursday, crews had the crane upright on SR-56, but the ramp to I-15 remained closed. Around 5 a.m., the crane was removed and the ramp was reopened a few hours later.

The crash in the Carmel Mountain area happened just before 4:45 p.m. Wednesday and the California Highway Patrol issued a Sig Alert as crews worked to remove it from the roadway.

A CHP officer at the scene told 10News the vehicle with the attached crane was traveling on the ramp at about 15 mph when the brackets that hold the boom to the crane broke for unknown reasons, causing the crane to overturn.

10News learned no one was hurt and the crane's driver was able to escape.

Crews were summoned to the scene to move the crane from the roadway and to clean up leaking hydraulic fluid.

Authorities said the hydraulic fluid was not in danger of entering nearby storm drains.