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February 11, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
The district attorney has dropped his criminal investigation into the crane collapse last November that killed five people, saying drugs and alcohol played no part in the accident. The announcement followed a coroner's report on the crash in which the crane plunged 16 floors in the financial district Nov. 28. The operator, Lonnie Boggess, of Tacoma, Wash., three ironworkers and a bus driver on the street died in the mass of twisted steel and 21 people were injured.
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February 11, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
The district attorney has dropped his criminal investigation into the crane collapse last November that killed five people, saying drugs and alcohol played no part in the accident. The announcement followed a coroner's report on the crash in which the crane plunged 16 floors in the financial district Nov. 28. The operator, Lonnie Boggess, of Tacoma, Wash., three ironworkers and a bus driver on the street died in the mass of twisted steel and 21 people were injured.
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December 1, 1989 | VICTOR F. ZONANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The operator of the crane that killed five people when it plunged 19 stories to the ground Tuesday had a drinking problem and a history of suicide attempts, prompting public officials to question why such an unstable person was allowed to run the dangerous piece of equipment. Pierce County, Wash.
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December 1, 1989 | VICTOR F. ZONANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The operator of the crane that killed five people when it plunged 19 stories to the ground Tuesday had a drinking problem and a history of suicide attempts, prompting public officials to question why such an unstable person was allowed to run the dangerous piece of equipment. Pierce County, Wash.
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November 30, 1989 | From United Press International
The operator of a crane that tumbled from a Financial District building, killing himself and four other people, had been hospitalized for psychiatric observation and had tried to commit suicide, a newspaper reported today. Lonnie Boggess, who lived in Tacoma, Wash., also had a history of chronic alcoholism, according to court records obtained by the Sacramento Bee. The San Francisco coroner's office planned on releasing within two weeks the autopsy results.
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November 30, 1989 | VICTOR F. ZONANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State investigators probing Tuesday's downtown crane collapse said Wednesday that they are focusing on possible worker error and mechanical failure of the 240-ton crane as the two most likely causes of the accident that killed five people and left 21 others injured. Less likely causes include wind or a structural failure in the steel frame of the 20-story office building that was under construction, said Hamilton Fairburn, Cal/OSHA deputy chief, at a news conference at the site of the accident.
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November 29, 1989 | MARK A. STEIN and PHILIP HAGER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A construction crane snapped in two and tumbled 19 stories Tuesday, sweeping three workers to their deaths and crushing two passers-by under a rain of debris during the morning rush hour in downtown San Francisco. At least 21 people were injured, four seriously, including one 12-year-old boy hit in the head while waiting for a bus. Rescuers combed the debris for five construction workers believed missing, but they were later located unharmed.
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