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An unstable tower crane in Atlanta’s Midtown area has led to the shutdown of a city road and the evacuation of multiple buildings in the surrounding area.
Atlanta Fire and Rescue tweeted Friday that it had responded to the scene at 1105 West Peachtree Street and that the construction site crane is “leaning and possibly unstable.”
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Atlanta Fire reportedly told local media that crews had begun the process of dismantling the crane when a “mechanical failure” caused it to lean and that the crane is in jeopardy of falling, according to Atlanta Intown.
“Additional engineers are on the way to the site, as well as bringing in another crane to assist in dismantling the damaged crane,” the news outlet wrote in a Twitter thread.
Images posted to social media show the crane tilting toward the Northside Family Medicine and Urgent Care Center.
In a statement on Twitter, the center confirmed that it had been “evacuated and temporarily closed.”
FOX 5 Atlanta reported that Peachtree Street between 11th Street and 14th Street had been shut down and that there were “no injuries reported due to the crane.”
The Atlanta Police Department confirmed to Fox News that it had responded to assist with traffic duties.
CBS 46 reported that officials said the call came in just after 9 a.m. ET and that it could be up to 48 hours before the roads and buildings reopen to the public.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the 410-foot high rise that the crane is set up against is set to include 675,000 square feet of office space with two major tenants: Google and the law firm Smith, Gambrell & Russell.
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They allege that developers claim it is the tallest building to rise in the city since the Great Recession.
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