Friday, 23 August, 2019

A construction crane has collapsed in downtown Seattle, killing 4

Crane collapses, falls onto multiple cars on Seattle’s Mercer Street Crane collapses in downtown Seattle on Saturday
Patty Aguilar | 28 April, 2019, 05:57

Four people were killed Saturday when a construction crane collapsed onto a building and into one of Seattle's busiest intersections, according to a Seattle Police spokesman.

Fire Chief Harold Scoggins said two crane operators and two people who were in cars below were killed.

Another person received care at the scene but was not transported, the fire department said.

The crane collapsed near the intersection of Mercer Street and Fairview Avenue near Interstate 5 shortly before 3:30pm (local time).

It's not yet clear what caused the crane to fall, Scoggins said.

The crane collapsed on Mercer Street near Interstate 5.

All lanes of Mercer Street at Fairview Avenue are closed, according to Seattle Department of Transportation.

"We don't know, but that's what seems to have happened here", he said.

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Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee says he and his wife, Trudi, join all Washingtonians in extending deepest condolences to the family and friends of the four people who died when a crane collapsed in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood.

Other parts of the crane landed on six cars.

The crane was atop an office building under construction in a densely populated area.

"The wind was blowing really strong", she said, and added that the crane appeared to break in half.

The three patients who were hurt in the collapse were taken to hospital.

"My heart goes out to the family and friends of the four people who died in this awful accident", he wrote.

Blame for that accident was attributed to a flawed design of the crane's base, according to the Seattle Times.

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