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Four die after construction crane crash in Seattle

Four people have died after a construction crane on the new Google Seattle campus collapsed, pinning six cars underneath.

One woman and three men were dead by the time firefighters got to the scene.

Two of the dead were builders and the two others were people who had been in cars, acoording to Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan.

A 25-year-old mother and her four-month-old daughter, as well as a 28-year-old man, were taken to hospital.

A fourth person also was injured and treated at the scene.

Doctors said that the mother and baby would be discharged, while the man injured was in satisfactory condition.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office said it would not release names of people who died until Monday.

She tweeted: ‘My thoughts and prayers are with those killed and injured.’

The crane collapsed near the junction of Mercer Street and Fairview Avenue shortly before 3.30pm.

Just like Malta, the city has dozens of construction cranes building office towers and flats.

As of January, there were about 60 construction cranes in Seattle, more than any other American city.

Fire Chief Harold Scoggins said officials did not yet know the cause of the collapse.

Washington state governor Jay Inslee said in a statement: ‘Trudi and I join all Washingtonians in extending our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the four people who died in this afternoon’s tragic accident.’

The office building the crane fell from was badly damaged, with several of its windows smashed.