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Horrified resident heard a ‘big bang’ and felt her entire building shake when huge crane collapsed onto new-build apartments in Edinburgh

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A horrified resident has told of the terrifying moment a massive crane collapsed onto a block of new-build apartments under construction in Scotland. 

Jeanette Smith told how she heard a deafening ‘bang’ and her entire building shook in the force of the impact shortly before 9.30am on Tuesday. 

The catastrophic collapse triggered a huge emergency response with two people treated by ambulance crews at the scene. 

Shocking footage shows the arm of the crane lying on top of the apartment complex which is being built in Edinburgh as workers watch on in horror. 

The huge metal structure can be seen bent and crumpled, lying on top of the six-floor apartment building, while another video shows fire engines present at the scene at Steads Place. 

A crane collapsed onto a block of new-build apartments under construction in Scotland

A crane collapsed onto a block of new-build apartments under construction in Scotland

Horrified resident Jeanette Smith told of the terrifying moment a massive crane collapsed onto a block of new-build apartments under construction in Scotland.

Horrified resident Jeanette Smith told of the terrifying moment a massive crane collapsed onto a block of new-build apartments under construction in Scotland.

Jeanette told Edinburgh Live: ‘I think it was about nine o’clock because my daughter called me to see if I was alright. I heard a big bang and my building moved – it literally moved, and I got such a fright. 

‘I got up, I looked up my car but I couldn’t see anything.

‘I went out to speak to the police but I can’t get out now with my car, so I am stuck at home. 

‘I was just getting ready to go shopping, but I think I will be at home for the rest of the day.

‘The police officer said to me they were going to have to check some of the buildings. 

‘I’ve still got the feeling, I got an awful fright. It was the feeling of the actual building moving.’

The Scottish Ambulance Service said that two people were treated at the scene following the incident. 

One witness at the scene told the Scottish Sun that they heard a loud crack sound before the crane collapsed, which then ’caused part of the roof to cave in’.

They estimated that around 100 workers were in the apartment building at the time.  

Pictures show the extent of the damage that the crane caused to the apartment building below after it collapsed

Pictures show the extent of the damage that the crane caused to the apartment building below after it collapsed

The catastrophic collapse triggered a huge emergency response with two people treated by ambulance crews at the scene

The catastrophic collapse triggered a huge emergency response with two people treated by ambulance crews at the scene

The scene at Steads Place, Leith, Edinburgh, after a crane fell onto the top of an apartment complex under construction

The scene at Steads Place, Leith, Edinburgh, after a crane fell onto the top of an apartment complex under construction

The incident occurred at around 9:30 at a building site at Steads Place (pictured) in Edinburgh

The incident occurred at around 9:30 at a building site at Steads Place (pictured) in Edinburgh

Police Scotland said in a statement on X: ‘Emergencies services are in attendance at Steads Place in Edinburgh after a crane collapsed at a building site. 

‘There are road closures in place at Leith Walk and Pilrig Street. 

‘Motorists and pedestrians are asked to avoid the area.’

The Scottish Ambulance Service said: ‘We received a call at 0929 hours today to attend an incident in Leith, Edinburgh. 

‘We dispatched two ambulances and our special operations team (SORT) to the scene and have treated two patients at the scene.’

The 2.9-acre site is being developed by Drum Property Group, with the apartment buildings due to be completed by spring 2024. 

Metnor Construction Ltd is building the first phase of the 110 build-to-rent apartments, which are located on the site of a former industrial estate. 

The City of Edinburgh Council approved of the development plans in 2019 and construction of the apartments began in July 2022. 

MailOnline has contacted the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Drum Property Group for comment. 

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