4 dead, 3 injured after construction crane collapses in Seattle


A construction crane fell into eastbound and westbound Mercer Street near Fairview Avenue East Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Seattle. Several people were killed and others wounded when a construction crane collapsed in downtown Seattle, pinning cars underneath. (Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times via AP)

SEATTLE (AP) – Seattle fire chief says two crane operators and two people inside cars died when a construction crane fell on a street.

Fire Chief Harold Scoggins says the crane fell around 3:30 p.m., crushing six cars. He says three people — including a mother and her child — were wounded and taken to a hospital.

An eighth patient was treated on scene, but was not transported to the hospital, Seattle Fire Department tweeted just before 8:30 p.m. Eastern time. 

Susan Gregg, a spokeswoman for Harborview Medical Center, tells The Associated Press that a 25-year-old mother and a baby were being evaluated but their injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Gregg says a 28-year-old man is also being evaluated for non-life-threatening injuries at the center.

Assistant Chief of Patrol Operations Eric Greening says all lanes may be closed until Sunday night.

With Amazon and other tech companies increasing their hiring in Seattle, the city has dozens of construction cranes building office towers and apartment buildings.

As of January, there were about 60 construction cranes in Seattle, more than any other American city.

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