Seattle crane collapse kills four and injures three after towering structure topples over smashing buildings and cars

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A CRANE collapse in Seattle last night has left four people dead and three others injured.

Two crane operators and two drivers were killed while a mother and her child were among the wounded.

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A crane disaster in Seattle left four dead including two drivers who were crushed in their cars[/caption]

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The crane toppled into a building and collapsed onto the street below at around 3:30pm local time[/caption]

The towering structure toppled over at around 3:30pm local time (11:30pm BST) – crushing at least six cars and damaging buildings.

A 25-year-old mother and a baby were rushed to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A 28-year-old man is also being treated for serious but non life-threatening injuries.

Dramatic photos showed debris and parts of the collapsed crane littering the street – which had been busy with traffic.

Locals reported seeing workers dismantling the crane yesterday before the disaster, KING 5 reported.

All eastbound and westbound lanes were closed on the busy Interstate 5 nearby.

Motorists were told to avoid the area around Mercer Street where the tragedy occurred.

Mayor Jenny Durkan tweeted: “My thoughts and prayers are with those killed and injured.”


The city in Washington state is situated on the US Pacific Northwest.

It has seen dozens of construction cranes building office towers and apartment buildings in recent years as Amazon and other tech companies set up bases there.

As of January there were about 60 construction cranes in Seattle – more than any other American city.

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Aerial photos show the collapsed crane lying across the top of a building in Seattle[/caption]

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Cars were crushed by the toppling structure[/caption]


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