https://www.king5.com/article/news/4-people-killed-after-crane-collapses-in-downtown-seattle/281-a09a8074-0e42-43bd-bce3-85c52781b844Four people were killed after a crane collapsed Saturday afternoon, falling onto traffic in downtown Seattle.
The Seattle Fire Department said the four people were dead before the first firefighters arrived at the scene. Two of the people killed were working on the crane and the other two were inside vehicles crushed by the crane.
Emergency crews responded to the scene at Mercer Street and Fairview Avenue around 3:30 p.m. All westbound and eastbound lanes were closed indefinitely.
The Seattle Department of Transportation said Mercer Street would remain closed until Sunday between Fairview Ave N and 9th Avenue N.
Three people were transported to a nearby hospital with injuries, including a mother and her young child, said Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins.
Several people told KING 5 that they witnessed crews working to dismantle the crane earlier in the day.
Officials have not provided any details that could point to a cause of the crash.
The National Weather Service said two observation sites near the crane site recorded wind gusts between 18 and 23 miles per hour. "Would not consider these strong wind gusts," the NWS tweeted.
The crane fell across a building undergoing construction along Mercer Street.
The cab of the crane fell onto all lanes of traffic below, trapping several cars underneath.
Mayor Jenny Durkan tweeted, "My thoughts and prayers are with those killed and injured."
Sounds like some poor bastard rode the cab/mast down to the street. It's possible they were disassembling the tower crane when it failed. That would explain the second crane on site. Although, the tower failed well below the mast and the mobile crane seems to be working on the western building.
Recent overhead of the construction showing a complete tower crane on the western building and the now collapsed crane partially built.