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What caused Seattle crane to collapse? Experts say a common practice is likely cause

The pins that hold sections of crane together appear to have been removed from the black connecting sleeves, upper right. Experts think it separated from its adjacent section because the pins that fastened those sections together were removed. prematurely. The occupants of this car survived, though four other people perished in the collapse.

The investigation into the April crane collapse that killed four people in South Lake Union is ongoing. The possibility that tower bolts or pins were removed early, while the crane was being dismantled in gusty but not exceptional winds, is sure to be a focal point for investigators.

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