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Criminal prosecution into Netherlands crane collapse

Published 04/08/2015

The cranes collapsed in the Dutch city of Alphen aan den Rijn
The cranes collapsed in the Dutch city of Alphen aan den Rijn

A criminal investigation has been launched into the dramatic collapse of two cranes on to a row of houses in a central Dutch city, which briefly buried one man under rubble.

The probe was announced a day after two towering cranes parked on a floating pontoon toppled over as they were carrying a new section of a bridge and slammed into homes and shops in Alphen aan den Rijn.

Rescuers who scoured the scene of devastation late into the night said they are confident that nobody remains buried under the wreckage.

Prosecutors said three people involved in the bridge restoration work voluntarily went to police and are being treated as possible suspects.

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