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Crane Incident Closes Chena River, Minor Injuries Reported



A crane driving pile for the Barnette Street Bridge construction project tipped over this morning. The 145-foot boom reached across the Chena River, closing the river to boat traffic. (Official DOT&PF photo by Meadow Bailey) (FAIRBANKS, Alaska) - The Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is closing the Chena River from the Cushman Street Bridge to the Peger Road Bridge after a crane working on construction of the Barnette Street Bridge fell across the river. The crane operator was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

DOT&PF and Department of Environmental Conservation are on site to contain diesel fuel that leaked from the crane when it tipped. It is estimated that less than 50 gallons of fuel reached the water.

Absorbent oil booms and pads are being used to contain the fuel. A primary containment site is set up within 30 feet of the equipment and a secondary containment site is set up down river, near the Peger Road Bridge. The entire project is surrounded by a silt curtain in the water, reducing the amount of sediment that might reach flowing water.

Equipment is currently being staged near the crane to pull it from the water. Until the crane is removed the Chena River is closed to through traffic.

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