Thursday, 27. 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.
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