Austrian Times RSS FeedsLike the Austrian Times Facebook page!Follow us on Twitter!


Events for December
M T W T F S S
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31 1 2 3 4
Add your event FREE

Today

Videos


BurgKino

Pub Quiz everyTuesday at Johnny's Pub

Popular in Austria


Cosmo&Nanu

Man Escaped As Huge Crane Falls Behind Him On Busy Street

Man Escaped As Huge Crane Falls Behind Him On Busy Street

This video show the moment Aleksey Yakouchov ended up in the running for the luckiest man alive title.

Not even a second after he walked along a pathway in Russia a huge crane weighing hundreds of tons crashed on to the spot where he had been.

Aleksey, 32, looked back at the debris and crossed himself, stunned that he had been saved. He said: "I don't know what I did to please God on this day but he was definitely on my side."

The accident happened in Voronezh in western Russia. According to a constructor worker, Vitaliy Mekhov, 44, the crane fell because the ground sank in one place, which destabilised the machine.

He said: "The crane was resting on granite blocks but the earth subsided because of the digging nearby. I heard this terrible wrenching sound, like someone tearing cloth, as the whole structure began to topple. The bolts popped out of the metalwork like champagne corks and everyone just ran for their lives."

A dashboard mounted camera on a passing vehicle captured the crane wreck for posterity. Nobody was hurt but a traffic light near by was knocked out because the crane severed electrical cables on its journey to earth.

The construction company "OOO Complexstekhstroy" is probing the accident and it could face fines if found negligent.

Meanwhile Aleksey has consulted a lawyer and is suing the firm for stress. "I am still shaking when I think about what might have happened," he added.

Austrian Times


Are you on Facebook? Like the Austrian Times on Facebook and win great prizes!


Cosmo and Nanu
ORF Watch

Tag cloud:
champagne  Aleksey  cloth  metalwork  constructor  crane  dashboard  accident  bolts  captured  earth  popped  topple  Russia  mounted  camera  wrenching  corks  tearing  vehicle

Latest News

 

Ebola's deadly reach impacts Vienna student
Austria has yet to record its first case of Ebola, but the feared virus has already had a severe impact on the lives of Africans living in Vienna.

Grigorij Sokolov Works His Magic At Vienna Konzerthaus
Whilst the world-famous Wizard of Oz played at the Volksoper, there was another Wizard in the Konzerthaus giving his 16th performance in Vienna!

Penelope Cruz To Play The Ice Cream Killer
The memoirs of the woman dubbed the Ice Cream Killer after she shot dead two ex-lovers before hacking the bodies up with a chainsaw and telling neighbours the noise was a new ice cream machine are due to be turned into a blockbuster with Penelope Cruz playing the lead role.

Kid Left In Coma After Beaten By Teacher For Talking
This is the shocking image of a little Chinese girl before and after she was punished by her teacher - for talking in class.

Freezing Rain Causes Chaos In Central Europe
Freezing weather has arrived in Europe with a vengeance with a layer of ice blanketing parts of Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic and causing traffic chaos.

Holey Smoke As Car Disappears Down Sinkhole
Motorist Wei Hsiao found himself in a hole lot of trouble in China when a giant sinkhole opened up on the road beneath him, swallowing his entire car.

Shock Moment Police Helicopter Explodes On Street
This is the moment a police helicopter exploded into a spinning ball of flame in Chile when a fire truck clipped one of its rotors.

More Than Twenty 100,000 GBP Motors Used In Bridal Convoy
A Chinese couple who wanted to have the most expensive wedding convoy possible arranged for a convoy of top of the range cars including a stretch Hummer followed by Lamborghinis, Porsches and other VIP motors.

Riot Police Star In Downs Syndrome Calendar
Spanish riot police have joined forces with Down's syndrome kids to take part in a special calendar for charity.

Chinese Nuclear Winter Smog Leaves Clinics Full
Fresh proof of Chinese scientists' claims that the country's toxic air pollution resembles a nuclear winter are shown by these images that show clinics and hospitals packed with patients suffering with trouble breathing.

 


Mala Vrata

The most popular stories –
last 7 days



Don't moan alone, the Ombudsman Investigates.

Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.

Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.


Austrian Zimmers