Crane topples in Highton, knocking out power for thousands

Lui Zacher
November 25, 2022 / 9:26 pm

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Thousands of Highton residents have been left without power, and a crane operator has been taken to hospital after an incident on North Valley Road on Friday afternoon.

A crane toppled, bringing down live power lines just before 3pm with Ambulance Victoria, Victoria Police, CFA and SES all attending.

More than 400 homes remained without power yesterday evening, according to a Powercor spokesperson, and on Saturday morning more than 100 still hadn’t had electricity switched back on.

At one point yesterday 3,500 homes were without power while the grid operator re-routed power supply around the suburbs.

A WorkSafe spokesperson confirmed they’re investigating the incident.

Lights were erected by SES volunteers Friday evening to assist workers.

The crane operator was taken to University Hospital in a stable condition.