The driver of a semi-trailer truck was killed in a collision involving a crane that was en route to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Dallas.
According to Assistant City Manager Jon Fortune, the crane was en route to Lee Park, and City Manager T.C. Broadnax said that the crane had a green light when it was taking a left turn. The crane was traveling northbound, and the semi was going southbound.
According to a press release from the city, the semi “was travelling … at a very high rate of speed and failed to yield the right of way, colliding into the crane.”
“Based on eyewitness review,” Broadnax said, the semi’s driver appears to have run the light. “But we’ll not be able to confirm that specifically until a full investigation. The case is under review.”
“Obviously, we’re heartbroken someone lost their life,” said Fortune. “Our thoughts and prayers are with their family.”
Fortune added that the crane was badly damaged in the accident, which means that the statue of Lee will remain up until a working crane can be found.
“We haven’t had any conversations about next steps,” he said late Sunday night.