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Huge wrecking ball breaks loose from crane cable and races downhill

A 1,500-pound (680-kilogram) wrecking ball broke loose from a crane cable and raced downhill, smashing into cars and injuring three people before coming to rest in the trunk of a car at an intersection.

The wrecking ball, about 3 feet (90 centimeters) across, was being used Monday to demolish part of a library at Allegheny College when the cable snapped, police said. The crane operator tried to stop it, but it rolled nearly three-quarters of a mile (1,200 meters) downhill, damaging more than a dozen vehicles as it bounced from curb to curb, police said.

Most of the damaged vehicles were parked, but the ball slammed into the rear of Alex Habay's car stopped at an intersection, causing a chain reaction accident with two other cars at the traffic light, police said.

"All of a sudden, the back windshield exploded and I hit the car in front of me," said Habay, 20, a junior at Allegheny College.

The ball lodged in the trunk of a car, pushing the vehicle about 20 feet (6 meters).

"I got out of my car and couldn't believe it when I walked back and saw this giant wrecking ball sitting in the trunk of the last car," said Meadville police Officer Brian Joseph.

Meadville is about 90 miles (145 kilometers) north of Pittsburgh.

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