A 280 tonne lattice boom truck crane left the road on Friday and plunged into a ditch, after completing a lift in Astoria,the crane, an older Demag on a Faun carrier is owned by Portland based Campbell Crane & Rigging. It had lifted the retired pilot boat Peacock out of the water and into position in front of the Columbia River Maritime Museum on Thursday and was then stripped down for road travel. It set off on Friday along highway 30 towards Portland when a booster axle is said to have fractured causing the crane to veer off the road near the John Day Country Park. Oregon. The driver was uninjured, but was taken to hospital as a precaution. A team from Campbells was soon on the scene and managed to extract the stricken crane with the help of a large telescopic by Sunday afternoon.