Assistant City Manager Jon Fortune says the crane was headed to Lee Park when the collision happened Sunday night near downtown Dallas.
A city news release says that a witness said the crane was turning left on a green arrow. The release says the semitrailer's driver 'was traveling ... at a very high rate of speed and failed to yield the right of way, colliding into the crane.'
Officials hoped to remove the statue immediately following a vote Wednesday by the City Council. However, several events led to delays, including trouble finding a crane.
Fortune says the accident badly damaged the crane.