One person injured after crane falls over in North Long Beach neighborhood

A North Long Beach resident was injured Monday afternoon after his home was damaged when a crane fell over, fire officials said.

The homeowner was working in his backyard when he was hit by the debris from the damaged home, Long Beach Fire spokesman Jack Crabtree said. He was taken to a hospital in stable condition. He had injuries to his upper body.

The incident happened around 12:30 p.m. on the 300 block of 61st Street.

The crane operator was working on overhead lines when it fell between two houses. A portion of the crane hit one of the houses, Crabtree said.

City engineer Alvin Papa said the incident happened during the operation of a private project. The crane damaged driveways and the street as well. The homes are considered safe.

Crews are working on dismantling the crane.

Officers are assisting the onsite construction company with closing traffic lanes, Long Beach police spokeswoman Jennifer De Prez said.

East and westbound traffic lanes of 61st Street are expected to be closed for several hours from Elm Avenue to De Forest Avenue.

Papa said that Public Works and Building department personnel are also onsite to monitor the situation.

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.
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