Yesterday afternoon, part of a crane crashed into the glass façade of the centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM), affectionately known by some as the Chum Bucket, in downtown Montreal, near the Champ-de-Mars metro station and Old Port.

No one was injured, according to the CBC, but the crash scared bystanders, says Vicky Gaudet, who posted images of the wreck on Facebook. The incident occurred as construction workers were taking down the crane, the CBC continues. One lab is closed as a result.

This is the second time this year that a crane has crashed into the CHUM. Last month, a 12-storey crane broke one the hospital windows, startling a patient inside. It is still unclear what led to that crash.

It is also unclear which construction project in the area led to the latest incident, though work continues to complete the new CHUM campus by 2021, according to its website.

View Gaudet's Facebook post below. It appears the crash occurred above a designated passage for pedestrians or workers. The CBC reports that authorities are investigating.

Stay tuned for more information.


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Though the crane crash was an accident, it is unlikely to improve the bad reputation of Montreal construction efforts. Few would argue that the city is in need of infrastructure improvements, but Montrealers bemoan the slow speed and sometimes seemingly haphazard execution of those projects.

Last year, for example, a viral photo of workers suspending a bulldozer from a crane to dismantle part of a downtown building sent waves through the Montreal media. You can view that photo below.

The delay of the opening of the new Champlain Bridge has also hit a nerve among Montreal area commuters. The towering structure was originally meant to open by the beginning of 2019, but that date was pushed to sometime "by the end of June" 2019.

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Read the CBC's report on the latest crane crash here.

 

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