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Power out after crane topples and knocks hydro wires onto TTC bus in Rexdale

Crane falls

David Ritchie Photo A crane fell at the Kipling Acres retirment home construction site Monday afternoon. Three people sustained minor injuries.

Dylan C. Robertson
Staff Reporter

Toronto Hydro says approximately 400 are without power after a construction crane collapsed in Etobicoke on Monday afternoon.

The crane was working on the expansion site of a Rexdale retirement home went it sent live hydro wires onto a TTC bus.

Police say the crane flipped onto Kipling Ave. between Rex Gate and Hinton Rd. around 1:15 p.m. The stretch of Kipling could be closed for days.

Three or four hydro poles were knocked onto on a TTC bus. TTC spokesperson Sandra Martin said 28 occupants, including the driver, were held until power was turned off, following standard procedure.

Staff at the Kipling Acres retirement centre say the accident occurred at the construction site attached to their building, but the retirement home itself was unharmed and powered by generators.

The crane operator was in the crane at the time but removed and treated by paramedics. EMS officials say three people were sustained minor injuries.

The Ministry of Labour is investigating. – News