Sources: Crane Operator In Pa. Building Collapse Turns Self In

By: KKTV
By: KKTV
The man operating the crane when a scheduled demolishment took a deadly turn may have been under the influence of marijuana.

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The man operating the crane when a scheduled demolishment took a deadly turn has turned himself in one day after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Authorities say a blood test found evidence of marijuana and a prescription pain killer in 42-year-old Sean Benschop's system. Benschop, a heavy equipment operator, was reportedly operating the crane when a wall collapsed onto a Salvation Army thrift store Wednesday, killing six and injuring 14. The wall was part of a building scheduled to be torn down.

Rescue workers worked into the night sifting through rubble, trying to find survivors. The last survivor was pulled out 13 hours after the building collapsed.

Benschop faces six counts of involuntary manslaughter and 13 counts of recklessly endangering another person. Benschop turned himself in Saturday.


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