Four dead after crane collapses on Seattle street

Four people have been killed and three injured after a construction crane collapsed on a street in Seattle.

Seattle Fire Department said the four were dead by the time firefighters got to the scene, while the three injured were taken to hospital.

Five cars were pinned underneath the crane when it collapsed near the intersection of Mercer Street and Fairview Avenue shortly after 3pm local time.

Seattle fire chief Harold Scoggins confirmed those who died were two crane operators and two people inside cars.

A 25-year-old mother and her baby and a 28-year-old man are among those injured, but their conditions are not believed to be life-threatening.

Esther Nelson, a biotech researcher who was working in a building nearby, describing the incident as “terrifying”.

“The wind was blowing really strong,” she said, adding that it appeared the crane had broken in half.

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All lanes have been closed and motorists have been told to avoid the area.

Police spokesperson Eric Greening said all lanes may remain closed until Sunday night.

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Source: SKY NEWS

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