Tradies' final selfie moments before fatal crane collapse

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This is the last photo of three construction workers before the crane they were working on collapsed, killing all three and injuring three others.

The crane collapse took place in the city of Turin in the north-western Italian region of Piedmont on December 18.

Construction workers Marco Pozzetti, 54, Roberto Peretto, 52, and Filippo Falotico, 20, all died when the crane collapsed on the city street.

Marco Pozzettt, Roberto Peretto and Filippo Falotico pose for a selfie while ontop a crane in Italy.
Marco Pozzettt, Roberto Peretto and Filippo Falotico were killed in the tragedy. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

The cause of the collapse remains under investigation and the affected stretch of road was closed by the local authorities to gather evidence, with only local residents allowed access.

According to reports, the crane collapsed at the base, causing the crane arm to hit a six-storey building before crashing to the ground. The base could have collapsed due to unsafe ground or a risky manoeuvre by the crane operator, who was injured in the incident.

Two other people were reportedly injured, including a female driver who was in her car when it was struck by the collapsed crane.

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“The crane arm looked like it was tilted at a strange angle. It looked like an arc. I don’t know much about this kind of thing and thought that it was probably nothing, but I had a bad feeling," one local resident said.

“Less than 10 minutes later, someone phoned me to say it had collapsed.”

Meanwhile, the Turin authorities announced a period of mourning for the day of the three workers’ funerals and displayed the civic flag at half-mast at the city council.

The investigation is ongoing.

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