4 Dead in Crane Collapse

Witness said the wind appears to break it in half
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 27, 2019 6:15 PM CDT
4 Dead in Crane Collapse
A construction crane collapsed on Mercer Street near Interstate 5 in downtown Seattle. The Seattle Times tweeted that several vehicles and a building were damaged.   (Chelsea Oughton via AP)

Four people were killed and three wounded when a construction crane collapsed Saturday in downtown Seattle, pinning five cars underneath, the AP reports. The four were dead by the time firefighters got to the scene, the Seattle Fire Department said. Three people were transported to the hospital. The crane collapsed near the intersection of Mercer Street and Fairview Avenue near Interstate 5 shortly after 3pm. "It was terrifying," Esther Nelson, a biotech researcher who was working in a building nearby, told the Seattle Times. "The wind was blowing really strong," she said, and added that the crane appeared to break in half.

The crane was atop an office building under construction in a densely populated area. Tweets from the scene showed the crane collapsed on the street, with vehicles stopped in the vicinity. All lanes were closed, and motorists were told to avoid the area. With Amazon and other tech companies increasing their hiring in Seattle, the city has dozens of construction cranes building office towers and apartment buildings. As of January, there were about 60 construction cranes in Seattle, more than any other American city.

(More crane accident stories.)

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