Crane collapses at National Cathedral in DC

September 7, 2011

The Associated Press and CityRoom

(AP/Nick Wass, File)
The National Cathedral after the 5.9 earthquake on August 23, 2011.

A 500-foot crane has fallen at the Washington National Cathedral amid thunderstorms, damaging two buildings and several vehicles.

A spokesman for the D.C. fire department, Oscar Mendez, says the crane flipped backward about 11 a.m. Wednesday. Mendez says the crane fell onto three to five cars and cathedral buildings. No serious injuries were reported.

WTOP-FM reports the crane damaged Herb Cottage, which houses the cathedral's gift shop, and Church House, which houses members of the diocese.

Richard Weinberg, a spokesman for the cathedral, tells WRC-TV says the crane arrived this weekend to repair damage caused by the East Coast earthquake on Aug. 23. The quake damaged the cathedral's limestone exterior towers and some interior areas.

President Obama is scheduled to speak at the Cathedral Sunday as part of a concert to commemeorate the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

The cathedral was completed in 1990.