Seattle crane collapse kills four and injures 3 as cars crushed


Four people were killed and three injured when a construction crane collapsed on Saturday in downtown Seattle, pinning six cars underneath.

The four were dead by the time firefighters got to the scene, Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins said. He said two of the dead were crane operators and the other two were people who had been in cars.

Three people – including a mother and her baby – were transported to the hospital, Mr Scoggins said. A fourth person was injured but treated at the scene.

The crane collapsed near the intersection of Mercer Street and Fairview Avenue near Interstate 5 shortly before 3:30 p.m., Mr Scoggins said.

He said officials did not yet know the cause of the collapse, which happened on a busy street.

“My thoughts and prayers are with those killed and injured,” Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said on Twitter.

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


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