Statement by Mayor Jenny Durkan on the Tragedy Involving A Crane in Downtown Seattle

SEATTLE (April 27, 2019) – Following an update to media on scene, Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan released the below statement on this afternoon’s tragedy in downtown Seattle involving a crane:

“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.

“We also saw some miracles, including a mother and her young child whose car was struck by the crane but survived. We are seeing our community come together in the face of tragedy and provide comfort to each other. 

“I am incredibly grateful to the first responders with the Seattle Police Department and Seattle Fire Department, who rushed to the scene to provide aid and treat those injured. I also want to thank the community who pulled together to help people.

“We continue to urge the public to please avoid the area so that first responders and investigators can continue their work.

“Determining how and why this tragedy happened will take time. The City of Seattle, including the Seattle Police Department, will continue to work with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries so they can complete a thorough investigation into the causes of this incident. SDOT will also ensure any road repairs are complete.”