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Published on April 29, 2019

Cleanup under way after 4 die in construction crane collapse in Seattle

4 die after construction crane crushes cars in Seattle

Four people died and three were injured when a construction crane on the new Google Seattle campus collapsed Saturday, pinning six cars underneath. One female and three males were dead by the time firefighters got to the scene, Fire Chief Harold Scoggins said.

He said two of the dead were crane operators and the other two were people who had been in cars.

A 25-year-old mother and her 4-month-old daughter as well as a 28-year-old man were taken to Harborview Medical Center, according to Seattle Fire spokesman Lance Garland. A fourth person also was injured and treated at the scene.

Harborview spokeswoman Susan Gregg said Saturday evening that the mother and baby would be discharged, while the man injured was in satisfactory condition.

Crews began clearing away the wreckage overnight following a deadly crane collapse in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. By daylight Sunday morning, the cars and most of crane were cleared from the roadway.

Four people were killed when the crane fell at building under construction on the new Google Seattle campus.

According to the Seattle Fire Department, two workers in the cab of the crane were killed and two people in cars on the ground died on the west side of Fairview Ave North and Mercer Street.

Sarah Wong, a Seattle Pacific University freshman, was driving along one of Seattle’s busiest streets Saturday when a crane fell from the roof of a building and crushed her car — killing her and three others. “She was a bright light on our campus and will be greatly missed,” Dan Martin, the university’s president, said on Twitter .

“As a president, I grieve over this tragic loss and as a parent, I especially lift Sarah’s parents up in prayer.” Wong had an intended major in nursing and lived on campus, the university said. She was one of two people killed in cars smashed by the crane. Two crane operators were also killed.

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