IRVINGTON, Ala. (WALA) – Neighbors of a man who was critically injured in a crane collapse accident Wednesday afternoon, June 26, at VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula are hoping and praying for a swift recovery.
Neighbors and witnesses told FOX10 News that John Williams, from Irvington, was operating one of the cranes that collapsed at the shipyard.
Officials said multiple cranes were lifting heavy modules at the shipyard, when two of the cranes collapsed, and one of those cranes fell on a building, injuring five people.
John Williams was taken by LifeFlight to USA Medical Center in Mobile where he is listed in critical condition in the ICU.
Officials said the other four employees were taken to Singing River Hospital in Mississippi, where one victim was later taken to USA Medical Center.
Jason Williams, who lives across the street from John Williams, told FOX10 News that John Williams is a wonderful person.
“He’ll sit with you, and give prayer with you, and he’s the most caring person I’ve ever met,” said Jason Williams.
Jason Williams went on to even say, “he’s one of the greatest people I’ve ever met in my life.”
One employee who was on the scene when the accident happened Wednesday, told FOX10 that John Williams is an experienced crane operator, who works hard at his job.
“It was just bad luck because, all it did was the weight shifted, and then it dropped, as soon as that drop, I don’t care if you’re experienced or not, you can’t control something that’s going down,” said Stephen Logan, who said he was worried John Williams wouldn’t survive the accident.
Meanwhile, friends said they’ll do anything to give back to their caring neighbor.
“We’re going to be here and help his family in their time of need,” said Jenny Lampe, who has lived next door to John Williams for some 13 years.