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Construction crane collapse kills 4 in Seattle

A construction crane fell into a busy downtown Seattle street on Saturday, damaging buildings, crushing cars, and killing 2 workers and 2 car occupants. Several other people were injured. The accident occurred at Mercer Street and Fairview Avenue, a major intersection that feeds traffic into the north and south bound lanes of Interstate 5 in the city center. The site is just a couple blocks away from Amazon’s Seattle headquarters, in the South Lake Union neighborhood where Seattle’s tech industry is concentrated and numerous buildings are under construction. The property where the crane fell is owned by Vulcan, the late Paul Allen’s real estate development company, and was being developed to house Google offices and apartments. Authorities did not immediately determine a cause, but the crane was in the process of being dismantled, and witnesses reported high winds in the area at the time. (Seattle Times photo)


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