A man has been airlifted to hospital after a crane collapsed in Crewe this afternoon.

A spokesman for Cheshire Police said that the crane on Dunwoody Way collapsed trapping three people, and that firefighters and paramedics are also at the scene.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said that one fire engine from Crewe and one from Winsford have been sent to the incident, along with the major incident unit from Winsford.

A spokesman for the fire service also said that firefighters have managed to release one of the three casualties that were trapped, adding: "Firefighters have released one casualty, a man believed to be the crane driver, who is being taken to hospital by air ambulance."

The emergency services remain on the scene and this story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Two men dead

Police have now confirmed that two men have died after today’s crane collapse in Crewe.

'Crane being cut'

An eyewitness near the scene tells us that fire crews are using cutting equipment to remove parts of the crane.

Crews 'working to release two people trapped'

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service have just updated their website with this statement:

North West Ambulance Service has confirmed that three people have been taken to hospital - the crane driver by air ambulance and a parent and child, as a precaution, from the house damaged by the falling crane.


Following a multi-agency review of the scene Cheshire firefighters are working alongside colleagues from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team to release two other people trapped after the crane collapsed.

We’ll bring you all the latest when we have more.

As soon as we have more information on this incident, we’ll post it here.

Ambulance service update

Three people have been taken to hospital, North West Ambulance Service have confirmed.

One man was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital while a parent and child were taken to Leighton Hospital for a check-up, a spokeswoman for the ambulance service said.

'Three people taken to hospital'

We’re hearing reports that three people have now been taken to hospital after the crane collapse. No further details have been given.

The scene earlier this evening (Image: Leanne Palin)

What we know so far

We’re waiting for an update from Cheshire Police, but here’s what has been confirmed:

  • Police were first called to a new build site off Dunwoody Way in Crewe at 4.30pm this evening
  • A crane collapsed and three people were trapped, officers said
  • One man, believed to be the crane driver, has been airlifted to hospital
  • Dunwoody Way is closed at its junction with West Street, near Morrisons
  • The Health and Safety Executive, who investigate workplace incidents, have been informed
  • Emergency services remain at the scene, where another crane has just arrived
(Image: Steve Allen)

Another crane arrives at the police cordon

(Image: Steve Allen)
(Image: Steve Allen)

More pictures from the scene

Photographer Steve Allen has taken these pictures from the scene

(Image: Steve Allen)
(Image: Steve Allen)
(Image: Steve Allen)

Police tape surrounds the area

Police tape surrounds the area where the crane collapsed

Latest from Cheshire Fire

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said:

Firefighters remain at the scene and the incident ground has been divided into two sectors.

“A building inspector has been asked to attend.”

Area being developed for homes

Photo of the collapsed crane

(Image: Steve Allen)

Crane collapsed on residential development site

It is understood the crane collapsed on a site being used to build new homes.

The site was sold off by Bombardier Transportation 18 months ago for a residential development.

Reporter is now on the scene

Road closures update

Several fire crews nearby

M.E.N photographer Steve Allen is now at the building site

Emergency teams attend the scene of the crane collapse in Crewe
Emergency teams attend the scene of the crane collapse in Crewe (Image: Steve Allen)

Ambulance crews remain at the scene

(Image: Leanne Palin)

Latest photos of the scene

Here’s an update from Crewe Chronicle reporter Leanne Palin

(Image: Leanne Palin)

Latest from the police

At 4.30pm on Wednesday 21 June 2017, police were called to a new build site near Morrisons in Dunwoody Way in Crewe following reports of a collapsed crane.

The crane collapsed trapping three people underneath - emergency services are working at the scene.

One man has been airlifted to hospital with unconfirmed injuries.

Dunwoody Way is closed at its junction of West Street near to Morrisons.

The Health and Safety Executive have been informed.

The HSE has been informed

A Cheshire Police spokeswoman said: “The Health and Safety Executive have been informed.”

Video of the air ambulance

Pictures from the scene

Here's what we know so far about the incident

A man has been airlifted to hospital after a crane collapsed in Crewe this afternoon.

A spokesman for Cheshire Police said that the crane on Dunwoody Way collapsed trapping three people, and that firefighters and paramedics are also at the scene.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said that one fire engine from Crewe and one from Winsford have been sent to the incident, along with the major incident unit from Winsford.

A spokesman for the fire service also said that firefighters have managed to release one of the three casualties that were trapped, adding: “Firefighters have released one casualty, a man believed to be the crane driver, who is being taken to hospital by air ambulance.”

The emergency services remain on the scene and this story will be updated as more information becomes available.

One man has been taken to hospital

The fire service said a man, believed to be the crane driver, had been released and was being taken to hospital by air ambulance.

'Police led incident'

A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service has confirmed that it’s a ‘police led incident’.

'Major incident'

A man working nearby said he’s heard reports of a ‘major incident’.
He reported ‘a lot’ of police, emergency services and other first responders making their way to the scene.
“People are just saying that something major has happened and it’s not looking good,” he said.

Dunwoody Way has been closed

Latest from police

Police are currently dealing with an incident in Dunwoody Way in Crewe.

A crane has collapsed trapping three people underneath, emergency services are working at the scene.

Latest from Crewe police