PASCAGOULA, Miss. (WALA) – Five people were injured Wednesday, June 25, when two cranes collapsed at VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula.
Earl Etheridge, Director of the Jackson County Mississippi Office of Emergency Services, said the cranes were moving sections of a ship when they suffered a catastrophic failure. Etheridge said one of the cranes fell on a building.
Four of the victims were taken to Singing River Hospital. The fifth victim was LifeFlighted to USA Medical Center in Mobile.
That victim is listed in critical condition Tuesday night, at USA Medical Center.
No names of the victims have been released.
One employee told FOX10 what he saw when it happened.
“I heard a loud boom, it was like an earthquake, so I looked over, and I saw another crane fall over at the same time,” said Stephen Logan, who witnessed the crane collapse.
Logan has worked at VT Halter Marine for nearly four years.
Logan told FOX10 what was running through his mind when he saw the cranes go down.
“I was like, oh my god. I was just worried, because my friends were over there, they were working on another boat, and I wanted to get over there as soon as possible.”
Logan said he wished it was him who had been injured instead of his coworkers.
“I just wish it was me instead of them…they were very good guys, always doing their job, they always for their coworkers, they’re very good people, and I just hate to see something like this happen.”