Four people were killed. Two of them were the crane operators. Four other people, including a 25-year-old mother and her baby, were injured. They had non-life-threatening injuries. The mother and her baby have been already discharged from the hospital. Many cars were destroyed. The crane was atop an office building under construction in a densely populated area. One of the buildings under construction is belonging to Google. About 30 police vehicles were in the area after accident. Construction on the site is being developed by Seattle-based Vulcan Inc. which was established by Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft. The cause of the collapse was not yet determined.
The crane appeared to be eight or nine stories tall. Meteorologists said they recorded gusts of up to 23 mph around the time of the accident in the area, which was as somewhat typical. “Would not consider these strong wind gusts,” the Weather Service wrote. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said the collapse was “just a horrible tragedy.” As of January there were about 60 construction cranes in Seattle, more than any other American city.