Four Killed After Construction Crane Collapses On Six Cars In Seattle

Four people were killed over the weekend when a crane fell from a building at the Google campus in Seattle during a storm.

NBC News reports that the crane fell onto six cars at the intersection of Fairview Avenue and Mercer Street just before 3:30 p.m on Saturday. Fire Department spokesman Lance Garland revealed that two of the dead were ironworkers inside the crane when it collapsed while the two others killed were inside cars which were crushed. Three others were taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Officials from Seattle have yet to determine the cause of the collapse but it has been confirmed that police and the state Department of Labor and Industries are investigating the incident. However, it could take months before the investigation is completed.

Business manager for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302, Daren Konopaski, told USA Today that the crane was reportedly 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.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said that the crane collapse represented a “horrible day” for Seattle but said it was a miracle 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,” she said.

Seattle has more cranes on office towers and apartment towers than any other city in the United States.


  • Ben

    Wow, so sad. I don’t even know what to say other than why feature this here? We can’t talk about the cars involved, there’s no crash testing that would keep a crane from splitting a car in half. I’m very sorry people lost their lives today in a freak accident. I truly do feel for the family.

  • Knotmyrealname

    Is that someone’s head bulging out from the windscreen? Why show this?

    • Rafael


      • Knotmyrealname

        I didn’t think it was funny.

  • Bash

    This is disturbing and sad. I extended all my sympathy and sorrow to all the families. It’s really challenging to find the right words here.

  • Paul

    It will be interesting as to the determination of cause for this,but It’s so sad for those involved losing lives, loved ones and being injured.

  • man

    Very sad news. Need to get to the root cause why this happened.

    • TrevP

      They are still investigating. They do think it was human error while they were disassembling the crane.

  • MayTheBestCarWin05


    Microsoft. Amazon. Boeing. Nordstrom. Costco. Starbucks. REI. Zillow. Eddie Bauer. Expedia. All HQ’d in Seattle.

    Google. Facebook. Snapchat. All have a big presence in Seattle as well.

    • TrevP

      Don’t forget the dispensaries.

  • TrevP

    The city is constantly expanding and growing. Lots of jobs. And it doesn’t rain or snow all of the time, in fact it’s rare when we do get snow. And the rain isn’t what you think, its like a mist falling from the sky when its “constant” and it is obviously more common here than in other states, but we get nice sunny days just like everywhere else. Its warmer here year round than a lot of places that have dramatic temperature changes between seasons.

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