Collapsed Crane in Seattle Leaves 4 Dead
Officials revealed that four people were killed and multiple others hurt in Seattle on Saturday when a crane collapsed into traffic.
In an unfortunate accident on Saturday at least three people were hospitalized. The incident at Fairview Ave. N and Mercer Street saw a crane collapse into traffic.
Four people were killed and multiple people hurt. The deceased included two ironworkers and two individuals who were in their vehicles at the time. Three were men and one was a woman.
The incident at Fairview Ave N and involved a crane that fell into traffic. 5 cars were crushed. There are a total of 4 fatalities, and 3 injured patients that have been transferred to the hospital. pic.twitter.com/HM3PBZ5Udt— Seattle Fire Dept. (@SeattleFire) April 27, 2019
It was later revealed that the girl was a 19-year-old freshman college student. One of the men was a Marine who was a father.
The falling crane had been situated on top of a building. Authorities are investigating the four companies linked to the crane to determine what caused the deadly collapse.
Please avoid travelling near Fairview Avenue and Mercer Street. Roads are closed while emergency personnel respond to a fallen construction crane. Expect and plan for traffic impacts in the surrounding areas. PIO Michaud enroute to the scene.— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) April 27, 2019
"It was not yet clear what caused the crane to fall," Fire Chief Harold Scoggins said.
Gov. Jay Inslee also took to Twitter to ensure the public that his team was "closely monitoring the situation" and express his condolences.
Obstruction on Mercer St and Fairview Ave N blocking the EB lanes. Fallen crane on west side of Fairview Ave N and Mercer St intersection. Avoid the area and use alt routes. pic.twitter.com/GLUAXTTjHl— SDOT Traffic (@SDOTtraffic) April 27, 2019