Crane collapse forces 62 people from their homes
Police warned it could take days to remove the machine from the scene.
More than 60 people were forced to spend the night in temporary accommodation after a crane collapsed.
Some have been told they can return to their homes after the 35-metre crane, with a 60-metre jib, was stabilised, having come to rest against the former Primark store in West Street, Reading.
But Thames Valley Police (TVP) warned it could take days to remove the machine from the scene as expert engineers from the Netherlands assess the damage.
The crane that collapsed in Reading yesterday has been stabilised & some residents are able to return to their homes https://t.co/NSNivFQwus— Thames Valley Police (@ThamesVP) July 30, 2017
Emergency services were called to the scene at around 2pm on Saturday and 60 residential properties were evacuated.
A total of 62 residents were re-homed by Reading Borough Council overnight, with others preferring to arrange to stay with friends and family.
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 jib and remove the crane from the scene.”
Residents are being re-homed & roads remain closed in Reading after a crane collapse. Pls read if you need rehoming. https://t.co/JpZ5XINo4Y— Thames Valley Police (@ThamesVP) July 29, 2017
Residents of Cheapside, Oxford Road and West Street south of Primark have been told they can return to their homes, as well as those who access their properties from Friar Street.
But those who live in Friar Street, with access from West Street, and some West Street residents are still not able to return home.
West Street remains closed, but all other road closures have been lifted.
Supt France said: “We apologise for any inconvenience to residents, however our main priority is your safety. Thankfully, no one has been injured during the incident.
“For those residents that are unable to return to your properties at this time, if you need access to essential items inside your homes such as medicines or baby food, please present yourself to the police cordon and officers will attempt to assist you.”
He added that the Health and Safety Executive has been informed of the incident.