Criminal investigation into crane accident launched

Collapsed crane in Alphen aan den Rijn - August 3rd, 2015 (Picture: Twitter/@reinvl)Collapsed crane in Alphen aan den Rijn - August 3rd, 2015 (Picture: Twitter/@reinvl)

The Public Prosecutor has launched a criminal investigation into the accident in Alphen aan den Rijn on Monday after noon. Two cranes and a section of bridge collapsed onto several buildings, destroying them. Three people have been identified as suspects.

Prosecture Kitty Nooy of the Public Prosecutor in The Hague made this announcement during a press conference in Alphen aan den Rijn on Monday night, NU reports.

According to Nooy, it is still too early to say whether any criminal offense have been committed, but the three people were given suspect status as it gives them the right to an attorney and the right to remain silent.

The criminal investigation will be done by the Public Prosecutor along with the Inspectorate for Social Affairs and Employment, the former Labor Inspectorate.

The tree suspects turned themselves in to the police on Monday afternoon, Nooi said. "They wanted to tell their story.

At least four houses and two shops on Hoofstraat were severely damaged when the cranes collapsed. So far as is known only one man was injured. The search for other possible victims was called off at 11:00 p.m. on Monday. No casualties have been found and no one has been reported missing.