Construction crane falls on vehicles in Seattle, killing two workers and two people in cars

Saturday - 27/04/2019 23:58
Emergency crews investigate the scene of a collapsed crane at Fairview Avenue North and Mercer Street in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood Saturday afternoon. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)
Emergency crews investigate the scene of a collapsed crane at Fairview Avenue North and Mercer Street in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood Saturday afternoon. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)
Seattle’s construction frenzy turned deadly Saturday afternoon when a tower crane working on a new Google campus fell like a thunderbolt from the roof of a South Lake Union building, smashing into six cars and killing four people.

(CNN) - Four people were killed Saturday when a crane collapsed and fell from the roof of a building onto vehicles in the street below, Seattle authorities said.

Two of the dead were crane operators and two were in cars smashed by the crane, Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins said at a news conference.

The victims included three males and one female, Fire Department spokesman Lance Garland said. Three others, including a 4-month-old, were taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, Garland said.

The crane smashed six cars when it fell, according to Scoggins.

Assistant police chief Eric Greening said the Seattle roadway where the collapse occurred may be closed until Sunday evening.
 



Washington Gov. Jay Inslee advised in a tweet that people should "stay clear of the scene and allow medical personnel and investigators to do their work."
Inslee referred to the incident as a "terrible accident" and expressed condolences to the families and friends of the victims.

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