Saturday, 01. November 2014
02. 07. 14. - 15:45
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.
Halloween At The Zoo
Pumpkin pie might be the order of the day for people this Halloween but now zoo animals are also getting in on the act.
Baby Naked Mole Rats Born In Vienna
With their pink hairless bodies and fangs for front teeth, these baby naked mole rats were never going to win any cuteness contests at Schonbrunn Zoo in the Austrian capital Vienna.
Jihad Girls Gunpoint Retraction Of Desire To Go Home
Austrian anti-terrorism police believe that an interview given to a French magazine allegedly with one of the two teenage girls who fled to Syria to join in the jihad was probably carried out at gunpoint.
Get Shorty As Confused Bald Ibis Gets Lost Again
A rare bald Ibis that seems to have a different sense of direction to her fellow birds has once again had to be rescued after getting stuck trying to find a different route to the southern Italian feeding ground.
Alpine Trains Venture Into Space As The Final Frontier
Austria’s national railway line the OeBB has raised eyebrows after offering themed toilets including one that is supposed to "look and smell like outer space".
MEP caught In Brit papers Fraud Probe Jailed
A corrupt MEP caught by a British newspaper offering to propose amendments to EU laws in exchange for 100,000 euros a year has been given a three-year-jail term.
Vienna Jihad Girls Want To Come Home
The two Austrian teenage girls who became ‘poster girls’ for the jihad in Syria are now desperate to come home after getting completely disillusioned with their new lifestyles.
There was a festival atmosphere as Bundespresident Heinz Fischer opened Vienna's new Hauptbahnhof Friday morning.
Apple Truck Causes Traffic Jam
When 24 tonnes of apples are catapulted across a road it can only mean a jam.
Farmer Cleared Over Wolf Shooting
Furious animal rights campaigners have accused an Austrian farmer of lying after he shot dead a wolf that he claimed he thought was a fox.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Jihad Girls Gunpoint Retraction Of Desire To Go Home|
|Baby Naked Mole Rats Born In Vienna|
|Halloween At The Zoo|
|Dim Romeo Burns Down College During Failed Proposal|
|Brit That Saved Kids From Nazis Gets Top Honour|
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.