No one hurt after excavator falls into North Tahoe garage
June 12, 2013
No one was injured when an excavator fell onto a garage Monday afternoon along Highway 28 on Lake Tahoe's North Shore.
Demolition equipment was being unloaded at the 1700 block of Highway 28 between Incline Village and Sand Harbor State Park in order to tear down a house below, said Mark Regan, fire marshal for the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District.
The house's roadside driveway gave way to the weight of the excavator at about 1 p.m., Regan said, tilting it into the unattached garage and collapsing the structure.
"The water, the gas, propane tanks have all been removed from the house because of demolition, so the main concern is we don't want it shifting and falling into the new house that just got built," said Regan, referring to a home adjacent to the one scheduled for demolition.
Fire district, Nevada Department of Transportation, Incline Village General Improvement District, Nevada Highway Patrol and California Highway Patrol responded to the incident.
One-way alternate traffic was allowed at the scene while personnel tried to determine how to extract the heavy piece of construction equipment from the garage.
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It was unknown as of 3 p.m. when the scene would be cleared and both traffic lanes would be open.
"The process is going to take a little time," Regan said.