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BREAKING NEWS — Crane Incident in Rosslyn

by Katie Pyzyk — October 24, 2011 at 2:05 pm 5,271 85 Comments

(Updated at 3:45 p.m.) Police and firefighters have responded to the area around Clarendon Blvd and Oak Street, in Rosslyn, where a worker has suffered a medical emergency while in a tall crane.

A technical rescue team from the Arlington County Fire Department will soon be trying to use the crane itself to lower the worker 250 feet to the ground, according to department spokesman Lt. Gregg Karl.

Karl did not know the exact nature of the worker’s medical emergency.

Police have shut down parts of Oak Street and 17th Street to attend to the situation. The crane is on the Sedona and Slate apartment construction site, which was the scene of a retaining wall collapse in August.

Courtesy photo (top)

  • Primero

    standing by ……

    • spooner

      It sounds like the beginning of a zombie movie to me.

  • Foo

    One of the firefighters is about 3/4 of the way up the crane. He’s taking a breather right now.

  • Cheese

    Another exciting day in thug town!!!

  • http://fofofof.com Bar

    This is getting nuts guys, I cant wait for next weeks episode.

  • http://fofofof.com Bar

    Please tell me they are not going to dangle him from the string….

  • http://fofofof.com Bar

    ZIP LINE!??!?!

  • http://fofofof.com Bar

    How much are tickets for the ride?

  • Cheese

    Some firefighter will pick up a girl tonight at a bar bragging about how he saved a person from a crane… DAMN YOU FIREMEN!!

  • JTF

    How do I e-mail a photo of what’s happening? I have a birds eye view.

    • LP

      arlingtonnews [at] gmail [dot] com.

      • JTF

        Done. The guy in distress is on oxygen but is semi-ambulatory. He’s sitting up now.

  • http://fofofof.com Bar

    OH MY WHATS IN THE RED SACK?!?!

  • http://fofofof.com Bar

    The race is on, bag vs guy 4 flights below.

  • Foo

    JTF: are you from DHS?

  • http://fofofof.com Bar

    Bag 1. Guy 0.

  • JTF

    Now They’re preparing an IV. Crane is moving.

  • JTF

    Looks like crane is turned into wind to prepare for lowering stretcher.

  • Foo

    The crane is trying to hit planes!

    • Foo

      You DHS guys should call someone.

      • http://fofofof.com Bar

        janet napolitano

        • Carl

          She’s still in Hollywood.

          • FrenchyB

            Close, it’s Johnette Napolitano.

  • http://fofofof.com Bar

    Is district taco in rosslyn here today?

    • Foo

      Do you think the fireman on top of the crane read this? We should ask them. They should be able to see it from here.

  • Cheese

    OMG!!! The crane is now pointing in a northern direction!!!!!!!

  • http://fofofof.com Bar

    OMG!!! Vultures?!?!?! (No really)

    • Foo

      District taco ain’t cheap and I’m hungry. I thought about it.

  • Foo

    Stretcher just got lifted to crane!

    • Fozzy

      That’s off the hook!

  • http://fofofof.com Bar

    So…. now how do you get the stretcher off the hook?

  • Cheese

    OMG!!! The crane is now pointing in a westernly direction!!!!!!!

  • Foo

    JTF you there?

    • JTF

      Yep.

  • Cheese

    There is a squirrel burring a nut approximately 12.67 paces south west of the crane… More to come…

    • Cheese

      The nut is buried!!!

  • Cheese

    OMG!!! The crane is now pointing in a south-westernly direction!!!!!!!

  • http://fofofof.com Bar

    You spin me right round, baby
    right round like a record, baby
    Right round round round
    You spin me right round, baby
    Right round like a record, baby
    Right round round round

  • Fozzy

    Worst amusement ride ever.

  • Cheese

    The horror!!! 16 people have now gone without starbucks

  • Foo

    They are lowering the guy one flight at a time using a rope. Lame.

    • Foo

      Actually, they only went one flight. Now they are putting him on a stretch attached to the crane!

  • http://fofofof.com Bar

    THEY HAVE THE STRETCHER!

  • Cheese

    OMG!!! The crane is now pointing in a westernly direction!!!!!!! Again!!!!

  • JTF

    Victim has been lowered to first platform beneath the crane top, preparatory to being placed on stretcher. Looks like he’s i. Pain. Couldn’t support his weight on short climb down.

  • Cheese

    CNN HLN has shown up on site and is now reporting live! The squirrel is now back!!! And he has more nuts!!!

  • JTF

    My photo is up!

  • Cheese

    Someone’s lunch box is being lifted up by rope…Sources state it maybe some starbucks!!!!

  • Fozzy

    WJLA is, what, two blocks away and the only news reporting on this is arlnow.com? WTF?

  • JTF

    Victim now being strapped into stretcher.

    • Cheese

      The squirrel is now hiding again

  • Fozzy

    Saw a porn flick like this ten years ago. This is very derivative.

  • Josh S

    Thankfully, through an abundance of caution, Metro escalators throughout the affected area have been shut down.

    • Foo

      But all the fireman are occupied with the crane. Who will carry the morbidly obese from the metrosystem?1

      • Clarendon Cruiser

        I shut down a Rosslyn Escalator the other morning when my boot heel got caught on in the exit plate. The people behind me didn’t think it was that funny.

  • Clarendon Cruiser

    This is RIVETING news :)

  • Tgeoa
    • Josh S

      RIP

  • Clarendon Cruiser

    The Statue of Liberty has voluntered to assist, after she fixes her hair.

  • Fozzy

    Come on guys, what’s taking so long? Chop chop!

    • http://fofofof.com Bar

      mmmm chopt, the cobb there is money.

  • Cheese

    The bums are now gathering around the scene, and asking for change. One states he is a veteran and fought in WWIII

  • Fozzy

    “Seriously, do any of you guys know how to tie a damn square knot? These keep ending up as Granny knots!”

    • Josh S

      I bet Randolph Mantooth would have had him down by now….

      • SaveDaveMckenna

        Love me some Mantooth. I wonder if he used that crazy portable phone thingy that rang in straight to the hospital.

        Also, we all hope the crane operator is in stable condition.

        • drax

          Get me an IV with ringers!

  • DarkHeart

    Clearly all cranes should now be required to have two operators.

    • Fozzy

      We’re far too close to DC to find two co-operators.

      • Thes

        Well done, Sir!

    • Burger

      If it is a union job most do. You know what a crane operator makes an hour – usually over 100.

  • Fozzy

    “Ok, so, which one of you guys is the patient again?”

  • http://fofofof.com Bar

    Now the occupy wallstreet protesters are protesting that only the 1% get lowered from a crane.

    • Cheese

      Hippies are invading Arlington!!! Hide your kids.. Hide your wives!!!

  • Clarendon Cruiser

    Experimental Bungi Victim Recovery System or (EBVRS) is being used!

  • Fozzy

    Why are they hauling the stretcher back up? Are all the firemen going to ride it down?

  • Clarendon Cruiser

    Fort Benning has a few suggestions for a quicker recovery:

    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/271072/us_armys_250_foot_jump_towers/

  • CrystalMikey

    Is this work site cursed?

    • Cheese

      Yes it use to be an Indian burial grounds

  • zzzzz

    So a person is having a medical emergency in a situation where he cannot get help immediately. And this is funny?

    • http://fofofof.com Bar

      Yes Sir it is and I thank you for asking

      • JTF

        +1000000

  • Valerie Crotty

    Watched from the Belvedere 18th floor, Brave ACFD rode the gurney down via the crane. Kudos also to the crane operator for his delicate touch.

  • Arlingtron

    This job is cursed. Just a few months ago the retaining wall near the west side of this site collapsed displacing everyone in an existing apartment building.

  • Rad Mag

    +1 for Arlington Magazine No bozo message board. Everyone, subscribe today!

  • Mickey O’Skeleton, county water dye inspector

    Takes a real fireMAN to wear a pink department shirt…..

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