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Seattle, Washington – Four People Killed, Three Others Hospitalized After Crane Fell on Cars

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Posted on April 29, 2019

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.