Traffic delays after 96-tonne crane topples into field

Friday 16th February 2018 9:57 am

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The upside-down crane next to the A470

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TEMPORARY traffic lights have been put in place after an 96-tonne crane toppled over into a field near Erwood Bridge.

The crane driver suffered minor head injuries in the incident which was reported to Dyfed-Powys Police at 5.17pm on Thursday.

A team from Mid Wales and West Fire Service also attended the scene to deal with leaking diesel and hydraulic fluid.

The upside-down crane is in a field that borders the main A470 between Builth Wells and Erwood.

A police spokesperson said this morning (Friday) that traffic in the area is still facing delays.

She added: “Dyfed-Powys Police received reports of an overturned crane at the A470 between Erwood and Builth Wells, at 5.17pm yesterday (February 15).

"The driver suffered minor head injuries. Fire also attended, to assist with fuel leaking from the vehicle. The crane is not blocking the road; temporary traffic lights are in place for safety.”

The spokesperson was unable to comment on claims that there might be a pollution risk to the River Wye, which borders the field.

A recovery team is onsite and a member of the team speculated that the recovery of the crane from the field "could take weeks". He said it looked as though the crane, which was heading south towards Erwood, had got too close to the soft grass verge while another vehicle was coming the other way and had toppled over. An environmental unit from Natural Resources Wales was also on site this morning laying absorption mats to soak up any spilled fluids as a precautionary measure against any pollution reaching the river.