Horror moment TikTok star, 31, plunges to her death as giant 40ft crane topples over in high winds | The Sun

THIS is the horror moment a TikTok star was killed as the giant 40ft she was operating toppled over in high winds.

Mum-of-two Elvira Demidova, 31, bravely battled to keep control of the huge winch as it charged through the major oil hub she was working at in Tyumen, Russia.

She had been loading concrete with the crane when strong gales threw the crane off balance.

Shocking footage from 72.ru shows the staggering machinery being dragged by the powerful gusts, as a terrified Elvira sits helplessly inside the cabin.

Its lifting hook can be seen flying uncontrollably through the air, storming through anything in its path.

In just over 40 seconds, the crane has been hauled hundreds of feet across the construction sight before extraordinarily plummeting to the ground.

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Single mum Elvira was killed instantly after her cabin smashed to the ground from a height of 40ft, according to reports.

She shot to fame after sharing her comical and candid stories of her daily life as a crane operator on TikTok.

The 31-year-old had racked up a whopping 41,000 followers with her witty tales before her tragic death.

A crowdfunding effort has been launched to help raise money for Elvira's funeral costs and to provide for her two children.

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She leaves behind a son and daughter, who are being cared for by their maternal grandmother.

A criminal investigation is underway into her death.

Elvira worked for a company called Mostostroy-11, the boss of which Nikolay Russu was decorated by Vladimir Putin in 2020 for the company’s part in constructing the bridge linking annexed Crimea and Russia. 

The company has won a number of major state contracts, and Russu is an MP for the pro-Putin political party United Russia. 

We previously told how a 98ft crane was blown over as a series of storms swept Europe, crushing two workers to death.

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It solemnly slipped behind an apartment block in the devastating video shot in Krakow, Poland.

Police said the crane – which was out of service due to the boisterous winds – crushed two workers and injured another two.

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