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Crane collision in Austin, Texas, injures at least 22, official says

CNN logo CNN 2 days ago By Melissa Alonso and Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN
a crane next to a car: Authorities are investigating how two cranes collided in Austin on Wednesday. © Spectrum News Austin Authorities are investigating how two cranes collided in Austin on Wednesday.

Twenty-two people were injured after two cranes collided in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday morning, according to Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services.

Sixteen victims were transported to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, ATCEMS spokesman Capt. Darren Noak told reporters.

He described it as a "crane vs. crane incident that occurred at a construction site." There was no structural collapse, as the agency initially reported, he said.

Though his agency tweeted that rescue teams were attempting to reach a crane operator, Noak said there was no rescue operation underway.

One crane operator was still on scene, he said.

It's Noak's understanding that everyone injured worked at the construction site, he said.

Eight ambulances responded to the scene, and the incident remains under investigation, he said.

The incident was reported about 10:38 a.m. (11:38 a.m. ET), the ATCEMS tweeted.

The collision came in the Mueller community of northeast Austin. There is a park, children's hospital, apartment complex and shopping center in the area.

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