More cranes come to the rescue of tipped-over crane in Ft. Collins

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- In the University Acres neighborhood of Fort Collins, there was a strange crane causing concern, after the 80-ton vehicle extended its 128-foot long arm too far.

The crane was being used Wednesday morning to remove an old tree, only to be shown up when the tree didn't want to go.

"It appears they didn't have good leverage," said Dick and Anabelle, long time neighbors. "I am glad I'm not doing the work, I'd have four cranes on their sides."

The job of up-righting the big crane needed three others to lift the arm, while lowering the portion of the crane which had stood on its end for 29 hours.

"We want to take it slow and just make sure the crane gets on it's wheels safely," said Rocky Wilson, safety director.

The whole process wrapped up around 3:00 p.m. Thursday after the arm was lifted upright and the wheels were soundly on the ground.

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