Crane Collapse Kills Four in Seattle

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The Seattle Times reports that a freshman at Seattle Pacific University (SPU) and two experienced ironworkers were among the four people killed when a crane collapsed in Seattle on Saturday, officials said.

According to the report, SPU emailed students that the freshman killed was Susan Wong, who had been looking to major in nursing. Wong was in a car with another student when the crane collapsed onto Mercer Street.

The two workers who died in the crane collapse were reportedly ironworkers who were disassembling the crane.

Authorities say 6 cars were damaged in the incident, with witnesses reporting strong winds at the time of the crane collapse.

Officials have yet to disclose details about the fourth person who died in the collapse, other than to say the victim was in another vehicle traveling on Mercer Street.

The contractor on the South Lake Union construction project where the crane collapsed Saturday is investigating the collapse.

The Times report states that four other people were injured in Saturday’s collapse. One was treated by medics at the scene, and the others, including a 25-year-old mother and her 4-month-old baby, were taken to Harborview Medical Center. The mother and child were discharged late Saturday.

Hospital spokesperson, Susan Gregg, said Sunday morning, the fourth person, a 28-year-old man, was still at Harborview in satisfactory condition.

The site is being developed by Vulcan Real Estate and is set to house a new Google Seattle campus and apartments.

The state Department of Labor and Industries will investigate the cause of the collapse.