It was a moment when fear washed away and adrenaline took over. "I told him, 'maybe we should go out the driver's side window.' I reached in and helped him unbuckle his belt and I grabbed him with one arm. Then with the other arm, I helped him get his legs out the window and he just kind of rolled out to the side," says Cayson. Then Cayson helped him cross over the wire barrier and back to safety. It was around 2:30 p.m. on September 9 when first-responders arrived to 508 Brazos Street. Their first concern was for the driver. In a report by the Austin Police Department, the driver tells officers he was pulling into a parking spot on the 8th floor.He says he applied the brakes and that's when he says the SUV didn't stop and instead it went through the cables. The Austin Fire Department used two grip-hoists for two hours to get the car down.It's a situation they've trained for before but have never had to use on a dangling car. "The grip-hoist was used to lift the car up and take the tension off of the wires from the parking garage that were wrapped around the axel.
At the start of his shifts, MacFarlane says he would sometimes find broken locks, switches that had been incorrectly flipped and, on several occasions, his fire extinguisher discharged and empty. Once, a pail of hydraulic fluid was misplaced on his crane. "I unfortunately didn't notice it and at about nine in the morning it fell from the crane and almost hit a police officer," he said. "It's very stressful for the crane operator because you don't know what's happened up there." Crane climber charged with mischief It's not yet clear why or how a woman ended up trapped on a crane Wednesday morning at a construction site near Yongeand Wellesley streets, but MacFarlane says it looks distinctly like other rooftopping incidents he hasseen over his two decades on the job. Marisa Lazo, 23, was rescued by Toronto firefighter Rob Wonforin a 2 hour operation involving numerous emergency officials. She has been charged with six counts of mischief and is scheduled to appear in court today. After watching the rescue unfold, MacFarlane concluded the woman likely climbed across the crane's boom and then slid down its cable probably accidentally before stopping at the structure above its hook, called a block. "It would have been terrifying," he said, adding that the cable is thin and would have been lubricated. "It was just a matter of luck that she was able to stop at the block." While he's happy no one was injured, MacFarlane wants the incident to highlight the security shortcomings that he says often plague construction sites.
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