SPU student among those killed in Seattle crane collapse

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Four are dead and three others are injured after a construction crane fell on traffic in Seattle Saturday afternoon. He said two of those casualties were crane operators and the other two were people who had been in cars.

Three people were transported to the hospital, the department said. The little girl together with her 25-year-old mother were taken to hospital in satisfactory condition.

An observation station on nearby Lake Union showed winds kicked up with gusts of up to 23mph at 3.28pm, just about the time officials said the crane fell.

The city of Seattle has seen a recent rise in building construction, and tower cranes, according to the Associated Press, but Saturday marked the first crane accident in the city since 2006.

Witness Esther Nelson told the Seattle Times that the crane appeared to break in half during strong winds.

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The National Weather Service tweeted that a storm brought gusts of wind reaching 23 miles per hour around the time of the collapse, but indicated that all things being equal, they were likely not strong enough to be the cause of the failure.

The cause of the crane failure was under investigation by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, according to the statement.

Seattle Times journalist Evan Bush wrote on Twitter that some of the cars were "pancaked" while construction workers scrambled to help the survivors crawl out of the mangled vehicles.

There was no word yet on the cause of the crane's collapse, he added.

The falling crane, which had been situated on top of a building, damaged multiple cars, the department said.

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In a statement, Mayor Jenny Durkan said: "There has been a major incident at Fairview Ave & Mercer".

Numerous buildings are under construction in that area.

A Google spokeswoman told HuffPost that Vulcan, a real estate development company, is managing the work site.

Assistant Chief of Patrol Operations Eric Greening says all lanes may be closed until Sunday night.

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