Seattle, Washington – Four People Killed, Three Others Hospitalized After Crane Fell on Cars
Posted on Monday, April 29th, 2019 at 9:26 am
Seattle, Washington (April 27, 2019) – Four people were killed and four others were injured after a crane crashed at the corner of Fairview Avenue North and Mercer Street. The people killed were two ironworkers and two people in the vehicles struck by the crane. A man, a woman, and a 4-month old child were take to Harborview Medical Center, and a fourth injured person was treated on scene. Near 7 p.m. of April 27, the woman and the child were going to be discharged, while the man is stated to be in “satisfactory condition.” A total of six cars were crushed in the accident.
The crews were apparently working on the crane when it crashed, and it would also appear that high winds might also be a factor in the incident. Two victims have been identified after the crash: Seattle Pacific Univesity freshman Sarah Wong, and ironworker Travis Corbet. The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries is investigating the cause of the accident.
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We offer our sympathy and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victims. While constructions sites have strict policies for safety, it does not always prevent an accident, as seen in this case. Accidents that involve objects falling on the victim result in what is called “crush” injuries. According to the Arrive Alive website, crush injuries can occur in any car accident, falls or a situation where a structure is collapsing. Even minor crush injuries can involve a lot of pain and discomfort – such injuries include bruising, lacerations, and sprained ankles. Major crush injuries involve parts of the body below the skin, and usually involve blunt force. Major crush injuries include head fractures, facial trauma, severe lacerations and blunt force chest-and-abdominal trauma, among others. Additionally, because of the events which lead up to crush injuries, victims will often require extrication or some kind of rescue to get them out of the dangerous situation.
While it is true accidents can happen, we urge everyone to do their part to ensure safety in their surroundings. Avoid construction areas if possible, and be cautious if it is necessary. For their part, construction crews should adhere to safety guidelines and make sure that any equipment they use will not become a hazard for anyone else.
If you have been injured in an accident, or have lost a loved one to the reckless actions of another, the Seattle personal injury attorneys at Caffee Law are poised to help you fight back. We have helped numerous people through the legal process and are ready to aggressively represent you as well. Contact us at (206) 899-5415 or online to speak with an attorney today.
Note: The attorneys with Caffee Law send our hearts out to the victims of serious accidents. Even though we see the pain and suffering accident victims endure through our daily work, it never becomes easier to hear such tragic news. We compose our blog using publicly available news sources. Sometimes stories are updated as more details surface. If our post becomes outdated or inaccurate, please let us know so that we may update it.
Disclaimer: This blog's aim is to increase awareness of severe injuries and their effects so that fewer individuals and families go through the painful and traumatic process of seeing a loved one hurt or killed in an accident. These are difficult topics, but we hope that our readers can use the information found here to help them avoid being involved in an accident. The information presented here does not construe legal advice.