4 Dead, 4 Injured After Crane Collapses and Crushes Cars in Seattle

A construction crane collapsed on Mercer Street near Interstate 5 in downtown Seattle on Saturday, crushing several cars. Chelsea Oughton / AP

Four people were killed Saturday when a crane plummeted into cars on a downtown Seattle street, authorities said.

The crane fell into traffic and crushed five cars; three people also were injured, the Seattle Fire Department tweeted.

Emergency crews responded to Mercer Street and Fairview Avenue at around 3:30 p.m., NBC affiliate KING5 of Seattle reported.

The crane fell across a building undergoing construction along Mercer Street, according to the station.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan tweeted that there was a “major incident” and asked people to avoid the area. “My thoughts and prayers are with those killed and injured,” she said.

SOURCE: NBC News – Phil Helsel