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2 cranes carrying bridge part collapse onto homes in the Netherlands

Two cranes lifting a large part of a bridge collapsed onto homes in the western Netherlands on Monday, causing massive damage but no casualties, authorities say.

The accident happened in the Dutch town of Alphen aan den Rijn, about 31 kilometers (19 miles) southwest of Amsterdam. The cranes were stationed on two separate barges while lifting a bridge part when one of the barges started to capsize, causing the crane on top of it to tumble and pulling the second crane with it, causing the entire structure to collapse onto homes along the river.

Emergency services declared a major incident and initially said at least 20 people had been injured, but those figures turned out to be incorrect. Search and rescue teams found no victims in the rubble and there are no reports that anyone is missing, according to Liesbeth Spies, the mayor of Alphen aan den Rijn.

"Even though we barely believed it when we saw the footage, the conclusion at this moment appears to be that there are no casualties or wounded," Spies said. One dog died in the collapse.

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