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Stunning footage of cranes crashing through buildings

Technically Incorrect: As the Queen Juliana Bridge in Holland is being restored, two of the project's cranes mysteriously collapse.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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One section of the crane began to topple first. Webak1/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Sometimes, feats of engineering go wrong.

On Monday, Dutch television aired amateur footage of two cranes being used in a project to restore the Queen Juliana Bridge in Alphen aan den Rijn, Holland.

They were connected on a pontoon. For reasons that at the time of writing are unknown, the cranes begin to lurch to the right and come apart.

They collapse onto adjacent buildings.

At the time of the collapse, the cranes were hoisting what appears to be a steel section that was to function as the central part of the bridge.

The BBC reports that many people were at the bridge, watching the construction work in progress.

It was initially thought that there might be many injuries. However, the Associated Press suggests that only one person has so far been taken to hospital -- with a hip injury.

To the lay eye, it's hard to conceive what might have gone wrong. Cranes, though they've been part of the engineering firmament for a long time, are sometimes involved in accidents.

On Monday, the families of two people who died in 2008 after a crane collapsed in New York were awarded $48 million by a court.

In this case, the court believed the testimony of a crane operator and a construction site worker who accused the so-called "King of Cranes," construction magnate James Lomma, of having a crane repaired cheaply by a Chinese company that didn't use the appropriate repair methods.

The Dutch footage has already been viewed by more than 1 million people on YouTube. Disaster rescue specialists have been called in to secure the area and search for any others who might have been caught up in the debris.

One can only hope that there are no serious casualties.