Dashcam Captured Moment Crane Fell In Seattle, Killing Four People

Dashcam footage has surfaced online which shows the moment a huge crane fell on traffic in Seattle and killed four people.

As reported yesterday, a crane at the Google campus in Seattle fell during a storm and plummeted onto six cars at the intersection of Fairview Avenue and Mercer Street on Saturday afternoon. Initially, no footage was available of the collapse itself but footage shared on YouTube and published by NBC News shows the moment of impact.

Looking at the video, it is clear that the crane started to slowly lean to one side before the collapse. As the crane fell, it slammed into the roof of the Google building and split into three large pieces, two of which fell to the road below.

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While speaking about the incident on Saturday, Fire Department spokesman Lance Garland said that the two ironworkers inside the crane when it collapsed were both killed. Two others who were in cars on the road were also killed while three others were taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Investigations into the collapse are ongoing but business manager for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302, Daren Konopaski, told media that the crane was being dismantled when high winds caused it to collapse.

“We don’t know, but that’s what seems to have happened here. We are in the process of trying to get information,” he said.

In a statement issued about the collapse, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said it was fortunate that more weren’t killed.

“It’s a horrible day in Seattle when something like this happens. But it’s a time when we come together because Seattle is a city that rallies around each other,” Durkan said.


  • bxniels0

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    • Shobin Drogan

      Videos like this if anything would create more awareness and avoid things like this from happening in the future. If people can’t handle a bit of reality, then maybe don’t visit any news sites. Ever.

      • McFly

        If people don’t understand the value of avoiding falling cranes without watching a snuff movie, then maybe don’t get out of bed. Ever.

        • Shobin Drogan

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      • dumblikeyou2

        Interesting. Like when the Hindenburg disaster is watched over and over again, it now avoids all catastrophic aviation disasters ever, ever, ever again because we were made more aware of it from just watching that film as spectators. We are all completely safe now (and more aware) when we fly in objects thanks to simply just watching disasters due to just freak circumstances. Got it.

        • Patrick Bong

          The use of Hindenburg-class aircraft ended very shortly after that highly publicized disaster didn’t it?

    • Dylan Wentworth

      Because humans have this macabre appetite for seeing death occurring. That’s why we’re here, isn’t it?

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  • Herrnhut

    I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all. (Eccl 9:11)

    Slow down and kiss your loved one my friend!

  • salamOOn

    omg… this is a tragedy. its like from the final destination movies…. you wouldnt even think about that something like that could happen.

  • TrevP

    It’s scary driving in the city, roads are a mess, traffic everywhere, construction and then this happens. They were able to release the names of the victims on the news last night. My heart is sad for all involved.

  • Dylan Wentworth

    Getting stuck at a red light might just be a blessing in disguise.


    You see it leaning…and every fiber of your being wants it to stop.
    Condolences to the families.

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