Tow trucks pulled the crane to the river bank Courtesy: Gold Coast News

Tow trucks pulled the crane to the river bank Courtesy: Gold Coast News

The crane operator who crashed into the Coomera River yesterday morning has told of how he “thought it was the end”.Brett Marr, 50, was lucky to escape the crash alive and miraculously only suffered minor injuries.

“It all happened so fast, I didn’t have time to think of much, but in that moment I was sure it was the end,” he said.

The veteran crane operator said he owed his rescuer Sam Manning a “few beers” and a heartfelt thanks.

Mr Manning swam out and helped Mr Marr after the crash.

He spoke on the scene, but has been uncontactable since.

Mr Marr is expected to spend the next few days in hospital recovering.

A CRANE that crashed through a guard rail on the M1 and into the Coomera River yesterday causing peak hour traffic chaos, has been lifted from the waterway overnight.

The mobile franna crane was pulled to the river bank by a tow truck before being finally lifted from the water by a bigger crane about 9.40pm.

The 350 tonne crane was assembled on Heathwood Drive after the road was shut to traffic last night, ending a retrieval operation that took more than 15 hours.

Oil clean up was also conducted in the river and guard rails pulled from the water.

Driver Brett Marr is recovering from the incident in hospital following a miraculous escape after his vehicle plunged into the river.

Mr Marr was assisted to the river bank by Upper Coomera tradie Sam Manning.

Mr Manning played down his role as a hero in saving Mr Marr, saying “if you see someone in the river like that you just swim out and grab them’’.

Truck driver Brett Marr, who is aged in his 50s, had a miraculous escape after crashing his vehicle carrying a crane through a guard rail on the M1 and into the Coomera River just after 6am.

Passing motorist Sam Manning was driving to his job as a construction worker when he noticed other motorists pulling up on the M1 and realised someone had gone over the bridge.

“I knew the boat ramp was there so I went around to see if there was anything in the river because I could tell someone had gone over,’’ Mr Manning told Queensland Ambulance Service media.

Source: http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/traffic-reports/truck-carrying-crane-crashes-through-m1-guard-rail-into-coomera-river/story-fnl6qvfc-1227497432164