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Crane collapses at National Cathedral

NBC Washington.com reports:

WASHINGTON — A 500-foot crane performing cleanup work at the National Cathedral fell over Wednesday, damaging at least one building and several vehicles near the Cathedral.

Reports came in of the collapse around 11 a.m., WRC reported.

Richard Weinberg, a spokesperson for the Cathedral, told News4 the crane, positioned on the south side of the church, crashed into an adjoining building. The building, called the Herb House, had a portion of its roof ripped off.

Related: Landmarks inspected for damage a day after quake.

Craig W. Stapert / The National Cathedral via AP

This image released the the National Cathedral shows a 500-ton crane that was doing repair work caused by the Aug. 23 east coast earthquake after it collapsed Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington. The crane collapsed amid thunderstorms and driving rain and damaged at least one nearby building and several vehicles but spared the church.

Carolyn Kaster / AP

A part of a large construction crane is seen next to the Washington National Cathedral Wednesday, Sept. 7, in Washington. The 500-foot crane fell amid thunderstorms, damaging two buildings and several vehicles

Shawn Thew / EPA

A construction crane being used to make repairs of earthquake damage lies overturned at the National Cathedral in Washington DC, Sept. 7. The cathedral was damaged during the 5.8 earthquake, but was planning on hosting a 9/11 10th anniversary service this weekend.