Two men have died after a crane collapsed at a building site in Crewe, police said.
Another man, believed to be the crane driver, was taken to Royal Stoke Hospital with serious injuries, which Cheshire Police said were not thought to be life threatening.
A parent and child in a house damaged by the falling crane were taken to hospital for a check-up as a pre-caution but were not injured, North West Ambulance Service said.
Emergency services were called to a new build site near Morrisons in Dunwoody Way in Crewe at 4.30pm on Wednesday following reports of a collapsed crane.
Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service said its crews had released one casualty, who was taken to hospital by air ambulance, and that firefighters isolated gas and electricity supplies to two nearby properties while they recovered the two men who died.
Control of the houses was handed over to police once their structural safety had been confirmed.
Cheshire Police said the next of kin of the two men who died had been informed, but that formal identification was yet to take place.
Dunwoody Way remained closed at its junction of West Street, near Morrisons.