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Crane falls into traffic on Seattle street, killing 4

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By Phil Helsel  with NBC News U.S. News
Crane falls into traffic on Seattle street, killing 4
A construction crane collapsed on Mercer Street near Interstate 5 in downtown Seattle on Saturday, crushing several cars.   -   Copyright  Chelsea Oughton AP

Four people were killed Saturday when a crane plummeted into cars on a downtown Seattle street, authorities said.

The crane fell into traffic and crushed five cars; three people also were injured, the Seattle Fire Department tweeted.

Emergency crews responded to Mercer Street and Fairview Avenue at around 3:30 p.m., NBC affiliate KING5 of Seattle reported.

The crane fell across a building undergoing construction along Mercer Street, according to the station.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan tweeted that there was a "major incident" and asked people to avoid the area. "My thoughts and prayers are with those killed and injured," she said.