- Four people are dead after a construction crane fell onto a downtown Seattle street on Saturday.
- Firefighters said all four people were dead by the time first responders arrived.
- The city has dozens of construction cranes building office towers and apartment buildings, thanks to Amazon and other tech companies ramping up their hiring.
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Authorities say four people have died after a construction crane fell onto a street in downtown Seattle on Saturday.
A spokesman from the Seattle Fire Department tells the Seattle Times that four people were dead by the time firefighters arrived.
The fire department tweeted that eight people in total were injured, three of whom were taken to a hospital, and six vehicles were damaged by the crane.
The crane collapsed on Mercer Street near Interstate 5 shortly before 4 p.m.
Photos from the scene showed a number of cars crushed beneath the crane, which fell across two lanes of traffic.
A building at the intersection of Fairview/ Mercer has taken significant damage. pic.twitter.com/SUq10eiI1D
— Evan Bush (@evanbush) April 27, 2019
Obstruction on Mercer St and Fairview Ave N blocking the EB lanes. Fallen crane on west side of Fairview Ave N and Mercer St intersection. Avoid the area and use alt routes. pic.twitter.com/GLUAXTTjHl
— SDOT Traffic (@SDOTtraffic) April 27, 2019
The incident at Fairview Ave N and involved a crane that fell into traffic. 5 cars were crushed. There are a total of 4 fatalities, and 3 injured patients that have been transferred to the hospital. pic.twitter.com/HM3PBZ5Udt
— Seattle Fire Dept. (@SeattleFire) April 27, 2019
All eastbound and westbound lanes were closed, and motorists were told to avoid the area.
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.