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Construction Accident in Wash Kills 1

Nov 17, 2006 | AP

A construction crane collapsed and struck four buildings, killing a person inside an apartment, authorities said.

The crane was working on a vacant office building when it toppled Thursday night, crushing the top floor of an apartment building, fire department Lt. Bruce Kroon said.

The victim was not immediately identified.

The crane's operator was also hurt but was able to pull himself out of the cage, which was about 20 to 30 feet above the ground, Kroon said. He was taken to a hospital, but the extent of his injuries wasn't known.

Police were going door to door to check on residents of the apartment. Officers hadn't been able to get into one of the buildings because of damage, Kroon said.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known.


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