2 dead in crane accident in southeast Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An accident involving a cherry picker has left a man and a 12-year-old dead. Three children are also in the hospital with injuries.

Police said a gust of wind knocked over a crane while they were all in it, which led to an estimated 40 feet fall.

Neighbors watched in disbelief as the crane covered parts of the street near Cochiti Rd. in Southeast Albuquerque.

“That thing goes twice as high as that telephone pole there,” said one neighbor.

Neighbors said in the crane was a professional tree cutter, along with four kids.

“As I was walking down the street, I saw Ken with four boys in his lift and he had extended the lift as high as it could go, probably 30 or 40 feet,” said one neighbor.

Soon after, the neighbor said a gust of wind knocked the lift over.

“I saw Ken, he was at the control panel,” said the neighbor. “I saw him lean in front of the boys and when it fell, unfortunately it cost him his life.”

Police said a 12-year-old boy also died at the hospital soon after.

Authorities said the machine was not secured to the ground.

For the neighbor who witnessed it all, said he did what he could to comfort the kids.

“One of the boys was face down and he wasn’t breathing and I put my arm down on his shoulders and his back and I said breathe, breathe and he began to vomit and started losing blood but he was breathing,” said the neighbor.

“If the people of New Mexico could just pray for those kids,” said the neighbor

Three of the kids are still in the hospital. Two of the children are in critical condition and one is in stable condition.

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