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Commuters have been warned to prepare for extensive delays during the Monday morning peak hour rush, with fears the train line to Sydney Airport could remain closed after a crane crashed into a block of Wolli Creek apartments on Sunday morning.
The crane is believed to have been in the process of being set up when it fell backwards, slamming into the penthouse apartment and causing structural damage to the upper levels and roof of the building.
A Wolli Creek resident described how another crane was forced to rescue the stranded driver.
"The man from the white crane (which crashed), he jumped over to the rooftop of the penthouse. So they (the second crane) went to the rooftop and picked him up," Felicia Nguyen said.
As a result of the collapse, police have shut down a number of roads surrounding the apartment while train services have also been affected.
"It just crushed the black (penthouse) balcony," Ms Nguyen said. "All the glass fell out onto the road and that's why they blocked the road from the station to that building."
No trains are running between Central and Turrella on the T2 Airport Line, the Transport Management Centre said. Replacement buses are currently operating between Sydenham and Central.
"Depending on the good work that the emergency services is going to do with the engineers, we have to be careful about tomorrow morning. Over 50,000 people may be trying to access the railway and to get into the airport," Sydney Trains chief executive Howard Collins said.
The base of the crane that collapsed. Photo: Michele Mossop"I ask people to check before you travel, allow some extra time, there may not be rail services to both international and domestic airports tomorrow morning."
Emergency Services are currently assessing the scene and are taking caution so as not to cause further damage to the building or surrounding buildings.
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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