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Crane Collapse in Seattle Casts Pall Over City’s Rapid Growth

  • Costs of suits, building delays seen in excess of $50 milllion
  • Accident at new Google building developed by Allen’s Vulcan
Collapsed crane sits on the roof of a building in Seattle on April 28.
Collapsed crane sits on the roof of a building in Seattle on April 28.Photographer: Elaine Thompson/AP

The crane collapse in the heart of Seattle’s tech hub Saturday ended four lives, cast a pall on the city’s rapid expansion and may lead to tens in millions of dollars of costs for a building that Alphabet Inc.’s Google is set to occupy.

The crash came at around 3:30 p.m. local time Saturday when a tower crane that was being dismantled fell from the top of a nearly completed building in the South Lake Union neighborhood onto a busy arterial leading to Interstate 5, the area’s main highway. The building is part of a new Google campus and was being developed by Vulcan, the real estate business set up by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen, who died last fall.