Crane collapses in Haifa, killing operator

Crane collapses in Haifa, killing operator

Highway in northern city closed to traffic because of fallen equipment

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

A 35-year-old crane operator died Thursday in Haifa after the crane in which he was working collapsed.

Magen David Adom paramedics who arrived at the work site attempted to resuscitate Holon resident Sergey Ponovsky, but pronounced him dead at the scene.

Police closed Route 75 in Haifa to traffic because of the downed crane blocking part of the roadway, and closed the Route 22 overpass over the road because of damage caused by the fallen equipment.

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