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Close call at Bunbury radio station
By Jamie Duncan
May 16, 2005
STAFF at an ABC radio station cheated death when a 38m crane collapsed on their building at the height of a violent storm in Western Australia today.
The storm, which also left tens of thousands of Perth residents without power, swept from the Indian Ocean as part of a cold front.
The crane collapsed from a building under construction next to the ABC's studio in Wittenoom Street, Bunbury, where four people were working, about 6.15am (WST) today.
Journalist Alisha O'Flaherty said she had stepped out of her office and walked to a nearby printer while preparing her 6.30am bulletin when the crane collapsed, crushing the newsroom.
"I heard a sound like a train coming towards me and basically this enormous crash behind me, and the whole office was destroyed," she said.
"I was shocked for a second, and then we all gathered together and left the building because we didn't think it was stable.
"It's an amazing sight. This crane has collapsed on the building and half of it is flattened.
"I'm shocked that I was out of there for two seconds and, seriously, it felt like a train was coming right at me."
Breakfast presenter Genine Unsworth was on air when the crane came down, and said one-third of the building had been flattened.
"I was broadcasting live across the southwest when I heard this massive noise that sounded like a thunder strike," she said.
"There was a loud bang and then this almighty crash and obviously the crane had come down.
"We're relatively calm now. We're very fortunate. Alisha is so fortunate because the newsroom is just rubble and if she had been in there, I'm not sure she would be alive."
The crane destroyed the station's power and back-up electricity supplies, forcing it immediately off the air, Ms Unsworth said.
It would be "weeks, possibly months" before the station was back on air, she said.
Perth was hit by the same front about an hour later.
Bureau of Meteorology WA duty forecaster Noel Puzey said a line of severe thunderstorms was embedded in the front.
Wind gusts peaked at 140km/h at Rottnest Island, and reached 100km/h in Perth suburbs.
Western Power spokeswoman Marisa Chapman said tens of thousands of customers had no power, but expected power would be restored to most areas today.
She said the company first had to respond to more than 140 emergency calls to tend to fallen wires and power poles.
The worst-hit Perth suburbs included Fremantle, Attadale and Armadale in the city's south
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