Montreal

Crane smashes into Montreal's CHUM hospital, closing blood lab

Part of a downtown hospital is closed today in Montreal after a crane partially collapsed and smashed into the building.

No one was injured and the crane has since been removed

The crane smashed through the CHUM's exterior, causing damage to wall panels and a vent Sunday. (Conrad Fournier/Radio-Canada)

Part of a downtown hospital is closed today in Montreal after a crane partially collapsed and smashed into the building, breaking through an exterior wall.

Workers were dismantling part of the crane Sunday when part of it — weighing several tonnes — fell on the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM).

It broke through the building's exterior, but nobody was injured in the incident which occurred near the CHUM's main entrance off Saint-Denis Street near de la Gauchetière Street.

A perimeter was set up around the site to deter people from getting too close to the wreckage.

The crane collapsed and slammed into the side of the CHUM. (Radio-Canada)

The crane has since been removed from the site, leaving a few missing wall panels, a smashed vent and some exposed insulation.

A section of the hospital where blood samples are taken has been closed Monday. The closure will allow the affected area to be cleaned up. Inspectors will also review the damage and ensure the structure is safe.

Quebec's workplace safety board, the CNESST, is also investigating. CNESST officials are expected at the scene during the day and the hospital is conducting its own investigation into the incident.

The hospital says all other services will be be open as usual for the day and the lab will open Tuesday morning, sticking to its usual hours.

With files from La Presse canadienne

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