Published: Mon, April 29, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Google building crane collapses in downtown Seattle

Google building crane collapses in downtown Seattle

Four people have died after a crane fell at a construction site, killing the machine operators and crushing six cars.

The collapse occurred in the city's South Lake Union neighborhood, at the intersection at Fairview Avenue North and Mercer Street.

Tweets from the scene showed the crane collapsed on the street, with vehicles stopped in the vicinity. They and a 28-year-old man were taken to Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Fire spokesman Lance Garland said. Three people were taken to hospital and one was treated at the scene. She guessed the crane was eight or nine stories tall and said it broke in half.

The falling crane, which had been situated on top of a building, damaged multiple cars, the department said.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan says a 25-year-old mother and her 4-month-old daughter were in a vehicle that was smashed by the crane on its passenger side, and both managed to escape with only minor injuries.

"A full and thorough investigation into the cause of the crane failure is being conducted by Washington State Department of Labour and Industries", the fire department said.

Three people were injured, according to Seattle Fire.

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

Witness, Esther Nelson told the Seattle Times: "It was terrifying".

The King County Medical Examiner's Office is expected to release names of those who died Monday, The Associated Press reported.

The city's mayor said it was a "catastrophic incident".

Numerous buildings are under construction in that area.

The city has dozens of construction cranes building office towers and apartment buildings.

The last time a person died in a crane accident in the area was in 2006 in nearby Bellevue, when a crane fell and killed a Microsoft attorney in his home.

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