$50M Lawsuit Filed in Florida Crane Incident

April 29, 2024
UPDATE: Woman was injured when the section of crane fell on the car she was in.


A woman injured when a section of a tower crane fell onto the car she was in has filed a lawsuit seeking $50 million. According to a report on NBC6, attorneys for Gemmalyn Castillo say she has been diagnosed with brain and psychological damage as a result of the accident.

Castillo was riding in the back of a Tesla when the crane section fell on a bridge in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Tesla was being used as a ride-share, and the driver jumped out and ran from the scene after being hit. According to a news conference held by her lawyers, Castillo was knocked unconscious. Upon awaking, she was able to exit the vehicle and was aided by paramedics on the scene.

A worker was killed when two sections of a tower crane fell from a building in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on April 5, 2024. News reports say the worker fell with one section that landed on the ground next to the building.

The second section landed on a bridge. Two cars on the bridge were crushed by the section of crane, but none of the three occupants was killed. Two were taken a local medical center, and the third refused treatment, according to news reports.

Several videos from the scene were posted on X, including this one taken immediately after the accident and shows two of the car occupants running from their vehicles.

ABC 10 interviewed the uninjured driver of one of the cars, Mark Cerezin. He describes the section shearing off the front of his Tesla, bouncing, and landing on the car next to him. The report also shows the crane section being lifted off the bridge, and crews repairing the bridge deck. The bridge will remain closed until an inspection deems it safe.

Fort Lauderdale Chief Stephen Gollan said the accident occurred as workers were “stepping the crane,” the process in which the tower is raised and sections are added to it.

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