NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - City officials were working Monday morning to remove a construction crane that crashed through a home on Hamilton Street and damaged some townhouses on Condict Street.
No one was hurt when the crane came crashing down Sunday night - apparently toppled by high winds from a storm that swept into the area.
The process of removing the crane is expected to take several days, a spokesperson with the city said Monday.
The crane was part of a construction site on the other side of Hamilton, where a nine-story structure is being built for Rutgers student housing.
Not only is there extensive damage to the roof and top floors of the two-family home but one city official said the crane's wrecking ball came to rest inside one of the four townhouses on Condict Street.
"All tenants of both properties have been accounted for and are working with the owners of the properties for relocation," according to a statement from the city.
The residents of two nearby properties have been evacuated.
According to a city spokesperson, a timeline for the return of the tenants to the properties is not yet known.
Emergency responders, construction crews and members of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were working to secure the crane.
Hamilton Street remains closed to pedestrians and vehicles between Easton Avenue and Hardenberg Street and detours are in place.
Gas, electric and water utilities have all been secured in the affected area.
Anthony Abrantes, senior council representative for the Keystone Mountain Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters, said that workers had staged protests on that construction site since last week. He said union and non-union workers were being employed on the site.
"It wasn't a picket line, it was an informational banner," Abrantes told TAPinto New Brunswick. "It was a labor dispute against the developer for allowing a contractor to be hired that pays substandard wages and has a history of labor violations in New Brunswick."