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Sumner County Highway Reopened After Crane Collapse

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GALLATIN, Tenn. – Highway 109 in Gallatin reopened Tuesday night after a construction crane collapsed on a vehicle and closed the road for several hours.

Officials with the Gallatin Police Department said a crane fell off a barge on the Highway 109 bridge between Wilson and Sumner Counties just before 1:30 p.m.

The crane landed on top of a sedan, smashing the front of the vehicle.

Police said the driver of the car, Carroll Williams, 60, from Lebanon was transported to Sumner Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.  The passenger in the car, John Vargas, 61, from Gallatin was not injured.  Police said it was a close call.

"Most of the damage was actually on the hood and motor part of the car," said Officer Bill Storment with the Gallatin Police Department. "The inside passenger part of the car did not sustain much damage."

Witnesses still described the loud sound that accompanied the crane collapse, and said it was a scary sight.

"It was coming down real slow," said Joe Spivey, who witnessed the crash. "When it hit the top of the fence, it snapped and hit the car.  It hit the car like a ton of bricks."

"I just heard a loud crash," said Matt Brinley, who was boating on the river when the crane collapsed. "I didn't know what happened."

Both northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 109 were closed for several hours while crews worked to repair the road. After the crane was removed, Tennessee Department of Transportation officials worked to fill the three foot deep hole in the highway caused by the crane. 

The cranes were being used in a construction project to build a new bridge spanning the Cumberland River between Gallatin and Lebanon.

Gallatin Police said it is still unknown what caused the crane to collapse; however, there were some strong wind gusts in the area when it happened. The incident remains under investigation.

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