Crane accident at new high-rise in Playhouse Square, no one injured

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CLEVELAND– Cleveland police say five steel beams fell from a crane onto a parking garage under construction in Playhouse Square Thursday at around 1 p.m.

The beams crushed part of the top floor of the garage.  No one was injured.

The crew was working on The Lumen apartment tower, which is adjacent to the garage.

According to Gilbane Building Company Director of Communications Wes Cotter, the crane was lifting a load of structural steel beams when the load shifted and fell. The company is investigating the incident. The use of the crane has been suspended. “Safety is always our top priority,” the company said.

Witnesses in nearby buildings describe hearing a loud crash and feeling the ground shake.

Euclid Avenue was closed from E. 14th and E. 18th for several hours but was reopened shortly after 5 p.m.

Playhouse Square said there has been no impact to its theaters or surrounding businesses or parking facilities.

Thursday evening’s shows will go on as planned.

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