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Google building crane collapses in downtown Seattle
Terrifying moment the Seattle crane falls from the roof of a Google building, crashes onto the road below and kills four – just minutes after it was captured swaying dangerously in the wind
A timelapse video showed the crane dangerously swaying in the wind above Seattle’s Google building before it collapsed on Saturday afternoon
It crashed onto a busy street and killed four people, including a freshman nursing student
Sarah Wong had been riding in a car with another student when the crane fell from a building
The other student was unharmed but is ‘deeply shaken by the accident and loss of Sarah’, the school said
Wong, who was from South Pasadena, California, intended to major in nursing and had lived on campus
One of the other victims has been identified as 31-year-old ironworker Andrew Yoder
His colleague, who was disassembling the crane with him, was also killed in the accident
Horrifying video has emerged of a construction crane above Seattle’s under-construction Google building crashing onto a busy street and killing four people, including a nursing student and two ironworkers.
The crane collapsed and fell from the building in the city’s downtown area on Saturday afternoon while it was being disassembled.
Dashcam video captured the moment it came crashing down as cars were driving directly below.
A separate timelapse video was filmed just moments earlier and showed the crane swaying dangerously in the wind.
Deyan Cashmere and his father Eric, who both work in construction in Australia, decided to start filming after spotting the leaning crane.
‘I thought it was going to fall. It was at an angle. It wasn’t standing upright,’ Deyan told the Seattle Times.
About five minutes after taking the video, the pair said they heard a huge crash and knew immediately it was the crane.
They gave copies of the video to police who are investigating the incident.
Sarah Wong, a Seattle Pacific University freshman, was among the four people killed when the crane came crashing down onto Mercer Street.
Wong had been riding in a car with another student when the crane fell. The other student was unharmed but is ‘deeply shaken by the accident and the loss of Sarah’, according to the school.
Wong, who was from South Pasadena, California, intended to major in nursing and had lived on campus.
‘We are deeply saddened to confirm that one of our students passed away in the crane accident in Seattle on April 27,’ SPU said in a statement on Sunday.
‘While we grieve the sudden and tragic loss of our precious student, we draw comfort from each other, our strong community of faith, and God’s presence with us in times of sorrow. We ask that the community join us in praying for Sarah’s family and friends during this difficult time.’
Two of victims killed in the accident were experienced ironworkers who were disassembling the crane, according to their unions. Andrew Yoder, a 31-year-old from Seattle, was described as a young father.
His colleague, who hasn’t yet been named, was from Portland and was recently married.
The fourth person who died in the accident was, like Wong, traveling in a car at the time of the accident. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the names of all four victims on Monday.
The crane at the South Lake Union project collapsed on Mercer Street near Interstate 5 shortly before 3.30pm and crushed six cars below, according to the Seattle Fire Department. It’s unclear what caused the crane to collapse.
Emergency crews work the scene of a construction crane collapse near the intersection of Mercer Street and Fairview Avenue near Interstate 5 in Seattle
Three people – including a mother and her baby – were also injured and taken to taken to Harborview Medical Center. Another person inside a damaged car was treated at the scene and not transported to hospital.
The 25-year-old mother and her four-month-old daughter suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg. A 27-year-old man was also evaluated for non-life threatening injuries.
I looked up. The wind was blowing really strong,’ she said. ‘Half of it was flying down sideways on the building. The other half fell down on the street, crossing both lanes of traffic.’
Mayor Jenny Durkan tweeted late Saturday: ‘This is a tragic day in Seattle with this catastrophic incident in the heart of our city. My heart breaks for those who lost loved ones today.’
‘We also saw some miracles, including a mother and her young child whose car was struck by the crane but survived,’ Durkan said in a later statement.
‘We are seeing our community come together in the face of tragedy and provide comfort to each other.’
‘Determining how and why this tragedy happened will take time. The City of Seattle, including the Seattle Police Department, will continue to work with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries so they can complete a thorough investigation into the causes of this incident. SDOT will also ensure any road repairs are complete.’
The Washington Department of Labor & Industries has formally opened an investigation into general contractor GLY, Northwest Tower Crane Service Inc, Omega Rigging and Machinery Moving Inc, and Morrow Equipment Co LLC.