The victims of the construction crane accident in Seattle over the weekend were identified Monday. A college freshman who wanted to be a nurse, a retired city worker who championed development and construction in the area and two ex-Marines who died pursuing among the most dangerous professions in American industry.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that the deaths of Sarah Wong, 19, Alan Justad, 71, Andrew Yoder, 31, and Travis Corbet, 33, on Saturday were all accidents.
Members of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers named Yoder and Corbet were working on the crane when it collapsed as it was being disassembled. a student at Seattle Pacific University Wong, a retired deputy director of planning and development for Seattle named Justad were in separate cars on busy Mercer Street.
As the crane came down it crushed not only the cars but some possible bright futures too.
“Cranes are probably the most dangerous piece of equipment there is out there,” Stever Frein, lead crane instructor at West Coast Training near Woodland, Washington told NBC affiliate KGW of Portland, Oregon. “Disassembling a tower crane or a lattice boom crane is the most dangerous part.”