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Crane remains out of service after being struck by lightning

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Lightning strikes crane. (Source: KLTV Staff) Lightning strikes crane. (Source: KLTV Staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A Tyler construction crane that was struck by lightning on Friday is still out of service.

You might have seen video of the crane getting struck by lightning during KLTV 7 News at 6 on Friday. According to the construction company, Manhattan Construction, some of the main crane lines will need to be replaced.

"The crane manufacturer is in the process of replacing those, getting those parts out there. Later this week, I think on Wednesday, we've got it set up to bring another crane out there to hold that one in place while we make the necessary repairs to the damaged parts," explains Manhattan Construction Senior Vice President Mark Penny.

Monday, the crane sat untouched after a morning inspection. The crane lines that are being replaced are the cables running along the top of the crane. The computer system inside the crane was also damaged.

After the crane lines are replaced, a third party will re-certify the crane. The crane was being used to build a parking garage in downtown Tyler. Construction crews should be back to work after Wednesday.

Penny says in his 22 years of experience he has never had a crane struck by lightning.

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