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Crane Falls, Damages Cars In San Francisco’s Tenderloin

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A large forklift crane fell down at the intersection of Ellis and Leavenworth streets. (CBS)

A large forklift crane fell down at the intersection of Ellis and Leavenworth streets. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — An intersection in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood remained closed late Friday morning after a crane fell down earlier Friday, a police spokesman said.

A large forklift crane fell down at the intersection of Ellis and Leavenworth streets about 7:30 a.m., Officer Gordon Shyy said.

Ellis Street was initially closed between Leavenworth and Jones streets, Shyy said. As of 11 a.m., Ellis and Jones remained closed while the intersection at Leavenworth had since been cleared, he said.

San Francisco Municipal Railway buses had to be rerouted as a result of the accident and drivers were advised to avoid the area until the scene is cleared, Shyy said.

A few parked cars and some streetlights were damaged from the fall, but no one was injured, the officer said.

PG&E was called in to shut off electricity in the area as the crane was being removed from the street, Shyy said.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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