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.
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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.
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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.
While we grieve the sudden and tragic loss of our precious student, we draw comfort from each other, our strong community of faith, and Gods presence with us in times of sorrow, SPU said in a statement. We ask that the community join us in praying for Sarahs family and friends during this difficult time.
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Wongs friend, Lauren Tan, who she has known since kindergarten, told the Seattle Times that she was passionate about protecting the environment and always carried around reusable straws.
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My initial thought was that this couldnt actually be happening, Tan told the news outlet about the moment she heard the news. She spread so much love, encouragement and kindness to everyone around her.
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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According to the Seattle Police Department, three males were also killed in the accident after the crane fell from the roof of a building and damaged a total of six vehicles.
Four others suffered non-life threatening injuries, including a 27-year-old male, a 25-year-old female and a 4-month-old infant.
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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Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan said that this is a tragic day in Seattle with this catastrophic incident in the heart of our city. My heart breaks for those who lost loved ones today, and we are praying for strength for those injured.
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We also saw some miracles, including a mother and her young child whose car was struck by the crane but survived, Durkan continued in her statement. We are seeing our community come together in the face of tragedy and provide comfort to each other.
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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.
The City of Seattle, including the Seattle Police Department, will continue to work with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries so they can complete a thorough investigation into the causes of this incident. SDOT will also ensure any road repairs are complete, said Durkan.