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Crane crushes family home being built in Kiama Downs

A crane has fallen onto and destroyed a family home being built in the Illawarra region of NSW.Emergency services that arrived at the scene in Kiama Downs about 10.10am on Thursday also discovered the driver of the crane had sustained a lower leg injury.Photos taken at the scene showed the boom of the crane collapsed…

A crane has fallen onto and destroyed a family home being built in the Illawarra region of NSW.

Emergency services that arrived at the scene in Kiama Downs about 10.10am on Thursday also discovered the driver of the crane had sustained a lower leg injury.

Photos taken at the scene showed the boom of the crane collapsed across the partially-constructed home, while the main body of the vehicle had been lifted off the ground at a steep angle.

It’s believed the driver of the crane either jumped or was ejected from the vehicle as it collapsed.

The man in his 50s fractured his ankle in the fall and was taken to Wollongong Hospital in a stable condition.

NSW Ambulance inspector at the scene Nathan O’Brien said the crane driver “should be counting his lucky stars”.

“Any accident of this nature involving such a big machine is always very concerning for crews arriving on scene,” he said.

“The patient should be counting his lucky stars that the crane didn’t topple completely over and cause more severe injuries.

“It’s another reminder to take care and look out for each other at work – especially on worksites.”

NSW Police has closed Kiarama Ave in Kiama Downs, between Moonah and Merindah, as emergency services continue to respond to the incident.

Business owner Chris Marshall told 9News the collapse was a “freak accident”.

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