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WORKERS demolishing a swimming pool had an amazing escape when a section of roof collapsed on a digger.

A huge beam supporting the roof came crashing down at the old Olympia pool Dundee's Waterfront.

That caused a chunk of roof and some of the outside walls to cave in.

The beam landed on top of the digger.

But it is understood the driver of the digger was unhurt and walked away from the incident unscathed.

Grant Mulholland, who owns The Incredible Roll Inn on nearby Whitehall Crescent, said: "There was a digger underneath the roof as though the arm the digger was keeping it up.

"You could tell straight off that it should not have been happening."

Another onlooker said: "I was coming out from under the road bridge and I saw this massive cloud of brown smoke coming up.

"It looked like a partial collapse, not part of the demolition, like something had gone wrong.

"It looked like the concrete had come down like in a domino effect. The digger was submerged under it."

A spokesman for Dundee City Council confirmed they were aware of the incident.

No one on site with demolition firm Central Demolition was willing to comment on the incident, with work continuing on the building last night.

"It looked like the concrete had come down like a domino effect ONLOOKER


BETTER DAYS Olympia pool before the demolition team went to work DANGER Beam lies across the digger's arm LUCKY ESCAPE Support beam perches on the digger after roof caved in PICTURE: ALAN RICHARDSON RDSON
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 25, 2014
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