A 25-TONNE mobile crane that plunged into the Coomera River yesterday morning after crashing through a guard rail on the Pacific Motorway has been plucked out of the water following a delicate salvage operation.
The MAC25 Terrex Franna, operated by Lindores Construction Logistics at Burleigh Heads, was being driven by a man aged in his 50s when it crashed off the northbound edge of the Coomera River bridge just after 6am on Tuesday.
The accident caused extensive traffic delays, jamming northbound lanes of the M1 and roads leading into and out of Upper Coomera and Oxenford for most of the day.
Under the cover of darkness, authorities sealed off Heathwood Road, which runs alongside the M1 at Upper Coomera, as a much larger crane was brought into position to lift the submerged rig out of the river.
It took several hours for salvage teams to hoist the 25-tonne machine out of the water and lower it onto the back of a huge truck hired to cart it away.
Matthew Mason, manager of “Kept in the Loop” on Facebook, was just one of the many intrigued locals who gathered to watch the retrieval operation and took these photos for us to share.