4 dead, 3 injured after collapsed crane crushes multiple cars in Seattle


Four people are dead and three others injured after a large crane collapsed off a building and onto a street in Seattle, crushing multiple cars.

The collapse occurred in the city’s South Lake Union neighborhood, at the intersection at Fairview Avenue North and Mercer Street. According to the Seattle Fire Department, a total of six cars were crushed.

The Seattle Fire Department confirmed the fatalities just before 5 p.m. local time. The three injured victims were hospitalized. 

Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins said three men and a woman were killed and all were dead on arrival at a hopsital. Two of the deceased were operators of the crane and the two others were in separate vehicles.

Those injured were a 27-year-old male, a 25-year-old female and a 4-month old. A fourth individual was assessed on the scene but was not transported.

The crane appears to have fallen from a building that houses the Google Cloud offices. The building was also damaged during the collapse.

A Google spokeswoman told HuffPost that Vulcan, a real estate development company, is managing the work site. 

“We share our deepest condolences with those who’ve been affected and thank all the first responders who quickly sprang into action,” the spokeswoman said in a statement. “We are in communication with Vulcan who is managing the site and working with the local authorities on the ground.” 

In a separate statement, Vulcan said that general contracting company GLY was working on the development project.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to the families who have lost loved ones and our hope is that those who have been injured return to full health as soon as possible,” Vulcan said in a statement posted to their site. It added that GLY and its sub-contractors “are fully cooperating with the authorities investigating this incident.”


This story been updated with statements from Google and Vulcan.

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