Tragedy struck Seattle, Washington as a fallen crane killed four people. The crane fell from a building in downtown Seattle on Saturday around 3:30 pm crushing six cars at the intersection of Fairview Avenue and Mercer street, reports NBC. Two men who were working on the crane died while two motorists were crushed in their cars. The three men that were killed remain unnamed, but the fourth victim was identified as Sarah Wong.
Sarah Wong was a Seattle Pacific University nursing student. She wanted to become a neonatal nurse, reports The Seattle Times. The 19-year-old moved to Seattle from her hometown of South Pasadena, California to attend college. Wong and another student was traveling in a car together when the crane struck the car on Saturday. Wong was killed by the crane while miraculously, the other student survived unscathed. The surviving student, “was able to escape unharmed but is deeply shaken by the accident and loss of Sarah,” SPU leaders said.
On Sunday, Seattle Pacific University confirmed the death of Sarah Wong. In a statement on their website, they wrote.“We are deeply saddened to confirm that one of our students passed away in the crane accident in Seattle on April 27. Sarah Wong was in a car on Mercer Street when the crane fell. She was a freshman with an intended major in nursing and lived on campus…”
Breaking: Statement from Seattle Pacific University on the passing of student Sarah Wong, who was involved in the crane accident in Seattle on April 27. https://t.co/8DjZpoQAqu
— Seattle Pacific University (@SeattlePacific) April 28, 2019
Sarah Wong’s parents came down to SPU on Sunday and met up with friends of their daughter and attended the church she had been going to in Seattle. Sarah had an older and younger brother. The college and Sarah’s parents will get together to discuss the best way to honor Sarah.
Four others were injured during the accident but will survive. One was treated at the scene while the three others were transferred to Harborview Medical Center. Two of the victims, a 25-year-old mother, and her 4-month-old baby were later released that day from the hospital. The fourth victim remains in the hospital but is in satisfactory condition.
The state Department of Labor and Industries is looking into the matter. As of now, they are unsure what caused the crane to fall. The crane was being dismantled at the time and witnesses said that it was leaning due to strong winds.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said, according to the Seattle Times, “This is a tragic day in Seattle with this catastrophic incident in the heart of our city. My heart breaks for those who lost loved ones today, and we are praying for strength for those injured.”