Update: Authorities identify crane operator

Yellow crane (far left) that toppled over on Thursday and another crane (red, far right) that was brought in to help with recovery – KTOO News photo

Police say 75-year-old Juneau resident Boyd Cody was the operator of a crane that toppled at Trucano Construction on North Douglas Highway on Thursday, killing him.

His body was removed Friday afternoon, and will be sent to the state medical examiners office in Anchorage, which is standard practice for industrial accidents, according to Juneau Police Sergeant Chris Gifford.

The 25-ton crane tipped over yesterday afternoon, trapping Cody inside. Part of the crane was in the water and so unstable that he could not be pulled out. Chains were used to keep it from going over the side of a barge.

Crane that toppled Thursday afternoon at Trucano Construction – KTOO News photo

Juneau Police, Capital City Fire and Rescue and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to the incident about 3 p.m. Thursday. A police officer secured the scene overnight to make sure nothing was disturbed.

Early Friday afternoon, another crane was used to lift the crane while firefighters extracted the body. The second crane was barged to the site Friday morning.

The accident investigation continues, according to Gifford.