Collapsed crane in Reading ‘may take days to remove’ as experts are drafted in

A crane that collapsed into a former Primark store may take days to remove as expert engineers from the Netherlands are brought in.

The crane, which is about 60 metres tall, came to rest against the building in West Street, Reading.

Shops and homes in the area have been evacuated as a safety measure

The building used to be a Primark shop, according to the Reading Chronicle.

Emergency services were called at about 2pm on Saturday and 60 homes were evacuated as officers tried to stabilise the machine.

Thames Valley Police said the machine had now been stabilised but it could be some days before it is removed from the scene as expert engineers are brought in from the Netherlands.

Superintendent Robert France said firefighters worked with others to stabilise the machine.

“The crane has now been stabilised and the fire service has left the scene, however TVP and Reading Borough Council remain at the scene,” he said.

“Although the crane has been stabilised, the jib of the crane is damaged, therefore expert engineers from the Netherlands are travelling to the UK today to assess the damage.

“It is possible that it may take a number of days to repair the job and remove the crane from the scene

Almost 50 people spent the night in temporary accommodation.

Reading Council rehoused 49 people while other residents opted to stay with friends and family.

Crane collapse in Reading
The building used to be a Primark store

No injuries have been reported so far.

Police said West Street will remain closed but other roads that had been closed have now reopened.

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