NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WAVE) – Crews are working to clear the scene after a crane fell on a house while removing a tree in New Albany.
The incident happened Tuesday afternoon after a tree removal service was hired to remove a tree in a homeowner’s backyard on Woodbourne Drive.
Albany’s new Sheriff Todd Bailey said the tree trimming truck collapsed while inside the home.
Heather Parsons-Phillips has lived in the house for almost 4 years and knew something was wrong, so she went out to document what was happening.
Parsons-Phillips said: “They took one piece (of the tree), and another, so I came out here on the road. “You can see the front of the truck going up a bit. I don’t know anything about cutting trees so I thought it was normal. Then it started to increase a little bit more. ”
When an employee got on the truck to provide extra strength, she said, the weight of the tree pulled the truck down onto her roof.
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The incident happened on Tuesday afternoon on Woodbourne Drive. (Source: Heather Parsons-Phillips)
“From the very beginning when he was backing up, I was worried about that, just because it was such a big truck on such a small road,” Parsons-Phillips said. “I thought video would be a good idea, just because I’ve seen a lot of videos on Instagram about things like this going on.”
Duke Energy said about 60 customers in the Woodbourne Drive and Hickory Grove areas lost power while power lines were being repaired.
Albany Police recently said no injuries have been reported. Woodbourne Drive was closed while emergency crews cleared trucks.
Just before 11 p.m., about six hours after being called out, officers put the truck back on its wheels and pulled the towbar back into the truck.
Neighbors, who have been watching since the teams started working, gave a small round of applause as the truck sped away from the house.
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