Cherry Picker Accident Kills Two, Sends Three to Hospital
Details of the Cherry Picker Accident
According to the Associated Press, a man was giving the neighborhood kids a demonstration of the elevated lift with the cherry picker toppled over from a strong gust of wind, fell on a power line and crashed about 50 feet to the ground.
All five occupants were thrown from the lift. The man in his 50s and a 12-year-old boy died. Two other boys, ages 7 and 10, were in critical condition, while another 10-year boy was in stable condition.
Police believe that other factors besides the wind were likely at play.
Authorities Continue Investigation
Simon Drobik, an Albuquerque police spokesman said on Monday that there were probably too many people in the lift, and that the legs used to stabilize the cherry picker hadn't been extended because it was sitting atop a flatbed trailer during the demonstration.
The man's relationship to the children and the identities of those involved have not been released.
According to Drobik, there is no one to criminally charge in the accident, given that the man on the cherry picker died.
The cherry picker belonged to a tree cutting service, and the man's connection to that company was unclear.