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Spider-Man Crewman Killed

A 45-year-old welder was killed today when a crane fell onto a construction basket that he was riding in while building sets for Columbia Pictures' Spider-Man in in Downey, Calif. The cranes were lifting a 15- by 25-foot metal framework to the top of a building facade. Shortly after 9 a.m. the framework shifted, and  one crane fell, causing the crane arm to hit a basket carrying two welders, according to Deputy Fire Marshal Robert Rowe. The welder, Tim Holcombe of Monrovia, Calif., suffered a blow to the head and died instantly, according to the fire department spokesman. Holcombe began work on the film last month. The sets he was building were not scheduled to be used for another three to four weeks. Construction was shut down immediately after the accident, and the site could remain closed for a few days. Neither director Sam Raimi nor any of the actors were present as shooting was taking place at the same time in Culver City, Calif.