SEATTLE — Four people were killed after a crane collapsed onto several cars on Mercer Street in South Lake Union on Saturday afternoon. The accident occurred at the corner of Mercer Street and Fairview Avenue North.
Crews were taking apart the crane when it collapsed. Two of the people killed were ironworkers and two others were in vehicles struck by the crane.
Seattle Fire Department officials confirmed that three of the victims were men and one was a woman.
Seattle Pacific University released a statement Sunday identifying the woman as freshman student Sarah Wong.
Another person who died was identified as ironworker and marine veteran Travis Corbet. He was about to celebrate his first year of marriage with his wife, Samantha, in Oregon. Read more about Corbet at this link.
A 28-year-old man, a 25-year-old woman and a 4-month-old female infant were taken to Harborview Medical Center. A fourth person was injured and treated at the scene.
SFD reported that six cars were crushed when the crane fell. Dash camera video
Several witnesses reported experiencing high winds in the area at the time of the collapse. Observation sites near the incident also reported wind gusts of 18 to 23 mph.
Mercer Street was closed until Fairview Avenue N to 9th Avenue N but is back open for the Monday morning commute.
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries is conducting a full investigation into the cause of the crane failure.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan was at the scene late Saturday and gave the following briefing:
Update 4/28 at 10:58 a.m.: Seattle Pacific University released a statement Sunday morning stating that one of the victims was a freshman student at the school.
Update 4/28 at 10:27 a.m.: GLY Construction, the contractor on the building, released a statement.
Update 4/27 at 7:40 p.m.: Vulcan Inc., who is developing the property, released a statement. The property will soon house a Google campus in addition to apartments.
Update 4/27 at 7:32 p.m.:
Timelapse video from camera on top of the Space Needle helps pinpoint the exact time the crane fell, sometime between 3:10 and 3:20 p.m.
Update 4/27 at 6:58 p.m.: The mother and the 4-month-old infant will be discharged from Harborview. The 28-year-old is in satisfactory condition.
Chopper 7 video of the crane crash site:
Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement about the accident:
The last fatal crane collapse in King County happened on Nov. 16, 2006 in Bellevue. In that case, one man was killed when the crane hit his apartment, one of three building it hit. That 210-foot crane collapsed because of design flaw, an investigation showed.
That crash led to a state law regarding improved crane safety and accountability.
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