Dashcam footage taken Saturday captured the terrifying moment a crane collapsed in Washington, killing four people.
The footage showed a car traveling up to a traffic intersection in Seattle around 3:30 p.m. Suddenly, a large red crane atop Google's new campus toppled over and fell apart onto Mercer Street down below.
She added: I am incredibly grateful to the first responders with the Seattle Police Department and Seattle Fire Department, who rushed to the scene to provide aid and treat those injured. I also want to thank the community who pulled together to help people. We continue to urge the public to please avoid the area so that first responders and investigators can continue their work.
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We were saddened to learn of todays accident at South Lake Union, Google said in a statement We share our deepest condolences with those whove been affected and thank all the first responders who quickly sprang into action. We are in communication with Vulcan who is managing the site and working with the local authorities on the ground.
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Dust and debris appeared to rise from the street, one of the busiest in the area, as vehicles came to a standstill.
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The crane was being dismantled when it fell over, according to a spokesperson for the Washington Department of Labor & Industries. Officials are investigating the exact cause of the collapse.
Four people were killed in the incident, including Seattle Pacific University freshman Sarah Wong, and Andrew Yoder, a Marine and father who was working as an ironworker on the crane.
Seattle Pacific University freshman Sarah Wong and Marine veteran Andrew Yoder were killed during the collapse.
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A freshman college student and a Marine who was a father were among the four people killed when a crane came crashing down on one of Seattle’s busiest streets on Saturday, prompting authorities to launch an investigation into four companies to determine what caused the deadly collapse.
Sarah Wong, a 19-year-old attending Seattle Pacific University, and Andrew Yoder, a Marine and father who was working as an ironworker on the crane, were identified as two of the people killed when a crane being dismantled on Google’s new Seattle campus collapsed around 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Officials are expected to officially identify all four victims on Monday.
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Wong was sitting in a car with another student when the vehicle was struck by the falling construction crane. The university, who confirmed her death, said Wong, a California native, intended on majoring in nursing and lived on campus.
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“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,” the university said in a statement. “We ask that the community join us in praying for Sarah’s family and friends during this difficult time.”
Fire and police crew members work to clear the scene where a construction crane fell from a building on Googles new Seattle campus crashing down onto one of the citys busiest streets and killing multiple people on Saturday. (AP)
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Yoder was one of the two ironworkers inside the crane during the crash. The 31-year-old father, who was from North Bend, Washington, was described as a Marine and devout Christian, KOMO News reported.
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“When he died – we lost one of the best people that I and many people know,” Chris McClain, who is a trustee of Ironworkers Local 86, told the news station.
The massive piece of equipment struck six cars and injured four people on Mercer Street, a notoriously gridlocked road in the Washington city. The affected stretch of the road reopened Monday.
The cranes mast fell over on Saturday afternoon as workers were taking it apart. Sections landed on top of the new Google building where it had been used and on traffic below, striking six vehicles. Two ironworkers on the crane were killed, as were two people in cars — a retired city employee and a college freshman. Four others were injured.
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It’s unclear what caused the crane to collapse. Investigators opened a probe into four companies — general contractor GLY, Northwest Tower Crane Service Inc., Omega Rigging and Machinery Moving Inc. and Morrow Equipment Co. LLC — who were tasked in taking apart the construction equipment.
“Our goal is to pick this apart and understand what happened,” said Tim Church, a spokesman for the Washington Department of Labor & Industries.
The department on Monday expanded its investigation to include a fifth company: Seaburg Construction Corp., which employed the tower crane operator. The other companies are general contractor GLY, Northwest Tower Crane Service Inc., Omega Rigging and Machinery Moving Inc., and Morrow Equipment Co. LLC
Emergency crews work the scene of a construction crane collapse near the intersection of Mercer Street and Fairview Avenue near Interstate 5 in Seattle. (AP)
Church added the investigation didn’t indicate there was any wrongdoing by the companies, but part of the process in identifying what caused the collapse.
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"It's a very detailed process," he said. "It will actually be months before we have anything regarding the cause."
The deadly collapse is likely to bring scrutiny about the safety of the dozens of cranes that dot the city's skyscape. With Amazon, Google and other tech companies increasing their hiring in Seattle, the city has more cranes building office towers and apartment buildings than any other in the United States. As of January, there were about 60 construction cranes in Seattle.