Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Driver trapped as crane falls on house in Basingstoke

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Media captionDriver trapped as crane falls on house in Basingstoke

A crane has collapsed on to a house in Hampshire, trapping the driver inside the cab.

The 27-tonne telescopic mobile crane toppled on to the bungalow in Pitman Close, Basingstoke, at about 09:50 GMT.

Firefighters used an aerial ladder platform to release the driver, who escaped uninjured.

The front wall of the house was knocked over and part of a roof which was under construction was destroyed.

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Image caption The telescopic crane fell on its side, destroying a wall and a roof which was under construction

Police, fire crews and the air ambulance were all called to the residential street after the crane toppled.

The house was empty at the time. No-one else was hurt.

Another crane was being brought in to recover the stricken crane from the building while investigations continue into what caused it to fall.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors are at the scene of the collapsed crane in Basingstoke.

A HSE spokesperson said: "HSE is aware of the incident and is continuing to monitor."

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