Kirkland Fire Department rescues crane operator

The extent of the operator’s injuries are unknown at this time.

The Kirkland Fire Department extracted the operator from a tipped mobile crane on Nov. 25 at the Sierra Construction site at 5501 Lakeview Drive.

A call came into 9-1-1 this morning at around 8:10 a.m. Monday, reporting that a crane had tipped over at the construction site for a new office building on Lakeview Drive, and that the crane operator was trapped inside. Units from Kirkland fire and police departments were joined by crews from Redmond and Bellevue fire departments.

The crews were able to extract the operator from the crane after about one hour. The crane operator was then transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The extent of the operator’s injuries are unknown at this time. No other injuries were reported.

A representative from Labor and Industries was onsite later in the morning to investigate what caused the crane to tip.

“We are very appreciative to our partner agencies from Bellevue and Redmond that joined us on the response,” said deputy fire chief Dave Van Valkenburg. “This complex technical rescue was able to be accomplished efficiently and successfully because of the collaborative effort between our departments.”

The results of the investigation will be available when completed.