Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Crane crashes into McDonald's roof

A photo posted on Twitter of a crane that toppled through the roof of a McDonald's restaurant while making a delivery in Consett, County Durham

A crane has toppled through the roof of a McDonald's restaurant while making a delivery.

The incident happened at the fast food giant's outlet in Consett, County Durham.

Brett Cooper, a 41-year-old geologist from Consett, said: "I'm not sure if it was lifting a freezer or an air con unit but it seems to have just gone over.

"Contractors have been working at the McDonald's so the drive-through has been closed but the restaurant was still open when it happened.

"There were people in there when the crane went through.

"I think they will need another crane to get it out."

It was not believed there were any injuries.

A McDonald's spokesman said: "This afternoon a crane has caused damage to the roof of our Consett restaurant.

"The crane had been on site to carry out scheduled development work and toppled while moving an outdoor chiller unit.

"Thankfully nobody was injured. The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority and the restaurant will remain closed while the damage is fully assessed."

Employees were gathered outside the McDonald's, which stands on a busy road outside the town centre.

Local people came to the scene to take photos of the toppled mobile crane, which damaged the roof above what is thought to be the kitchen area.

Police were at the scene monitoring traffic.

Consett Police tweeted: "A polite reminder - DO NOT take photographs whilst driving."

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