SANATOGA PA – The crushed, wooden-bridge entrance (at top) to Sunnybrook Ballroom on North Sunnybrook Road, on the east side of the parking lot that serves the meeting and dining facility, remained unusable Tuesday (May 16, 2017) and for the immediate future after crews removed a 50-ton, overturned mobile crane that caused a portion of the short, privately owned span to collapse in an accident.
It took three cranes (below) brought in from York PA-based Eisenhart Crane Service LLC, and hours of effort, to extricate the fourth crane overnight Monday (May 15, 2015) from Sprogels Run. It damaged the bridge while attempting to cross it, and tumbled into the creek. Its driver was only slightly injured. The bridge had at least one sign indicating its posted weight limit was only 2 tons, Lower Pottsgrove police said.
Except for the inconvenience, Sunnybrook operations were unaffected by the incident. Its restaurant and event spaces remain open, and its electronic sign directed guests to use the alternate East High Street entrance – across from Pottstown Memorial Medical Center – into the parking lot.
A Sunnybrook representative told news outlets its management intended to repair the bridge. Until then, a sign also was placed at the North Sunnybrook Road mouth of the bridge to divert drivers. Bright yellow police ribbons encircled the area, warning curious onlookers to stay away.
At least one steel foundation girder and several splintered deck boards could be seen littering the creek bed Tuesday morning at about 9 a.m. By that time crane operators, who used their additional equipment to leverage, balance, and upright the damaged crane, had successfully removed it and were beginning to clean up at the scene.
Hazardous material containments (bottom), placed in the run by volunteer firefighters to keep hydraulic and other fluids from polluting the water, also could be seen in place.
Photos by The Post Publications