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Crane Falls Killing One (Bellevue, Washington)

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Uploaded on Nov 21, 2006

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On November 16, 2006 at 7:40 PM, a 210 ft construction crane collapsed killing one person, significantly damaging three buildings, and blocking 108th Avenue NE in downtown Bellevue, WA (in King County). The operator, Warren Taylor Yeakey, was in the crane when it fell and suffered minor injuries.

Details: the crane was being used to construct a high-rise complex, called Tower 333, at NE 4th Street and 108th Avenue NE. With a loud snap, the crane fell southeast landing its middle on the east side of Plaza 305, making the office building partially collapse, though no one in it was injured. The crane's weight (back) end also ripped into the north side of the Civica Office Commons without injuring anyone. However, the tip of the crane's arm came down onto the Pinnacle Bell Centre Apartments killing Matthew Ammon on the top-fourth floor and exposing the interior of the second and third. The end result was the crane's arm being perpendicular and laying across 108th Avenue NE. Cracks at the base of the crane caused by frozen water are likely to blame for this accident. (My description is independent and sometimes different from that of early news reports).

Note: video was shot on November 17, 2006. The high angle is shot from a little above the 30th floor of the One Lincoln Tower, northwest of the crane accident.

News Reports:
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/3...
http://www.kirotv.com/news/13305620/d...
http://www.king5.com/topstories/stori...
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html...
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/3...
http://www.komotv.com/news/5736091.html
http://www.king5.com/localnews/storie...
http://www.bellevuewa.gov/crane_accid...
http://www.hines.com/property/detail....
http://www.hines.com/press/releases/0...
http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=1...
http://www.komotv.com/news/4673926.html
http://www.king5.com/topstories/stori...
http://www.kirotv.com/news/10340653/d...
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/special...
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html...
http://www.iaff1604.org/index.cfm?zon...
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html...
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html...

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