Four Dead as Crane Collapses onto Busy Seattle Street

Crane being dismantled collapses onto busy Seattle street killing four people.

Seattle, WA: Seattle Fire Press Release below

A crane being dismantled at a construction site collapses onto busy Mercer Street in downtown Seattle hitting several passing motorists. Seattle Fire confirms four people have been killed, two in passing vehicles and two crane operators. Six vehicles were struck. Eight total patients evaluated including children who were transported with non-life-threatening injuries.

At this time no word on what caused the collapse.


At 3:28pm on Saturday, April 27th Seattle Fire responded to a crane collapse at Fairview Ave. and Mercer St. which fell from the roof of a building and damaged a total of six vehicles. Crews immediately began stabilizing the crane and vehicles involved while triaging the victims of the crash. Firefighters searched the building and evacuated the people in the building and impacted area.

There were four fatalities:

  • 3 male, 1 female
  • Two were in crane, two were in separate vehicles

Four patients total were evaluated by medics, of those, three were transported with non-life threatening injuries to Harborview:

  • 27 year-old male
  • 25 year-old female
  • 4-month female infant

A full and thorough investigation into the cause of the crane failure is being conducted by Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.