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Freshman at Seattle Pacific University among those killed in crane collapse

SEATTLE, Wash. - Seattle Pacific University announced Sunday morning a freshman student was among the four people killed Saturday when a crane came crashing down onto a busy Seattle street. 

The student, named Sarah Wong, was in a car on Mercer Street when the crane collapsed. Wong lived on campus and planned to major in nursing. 

The university's full statement is below:

"We are deeply saddened to confirm that one of our students passed away in the crane accident in Seattle on April 27. Sarah Wong was in a car on Mercer Street when the crane fell. She was a freshman with an intended major in nursing and lived on campus. While we grieve the sudden and tragic loss of our precious student, we draw comfort from each other, our strong community of faith, and God’s presence with us in times of sorrow. We ask that the community join us in praying for Sarah’s family and friends during this difficult time."

The names of the other three victims have not been confirmed yet. The medical examiner is expected to release that information Monday.  

Washington state labor investigators are now looking to what caused the crane to fall. The crane was operating on a building that will be used by Google. Officials said it was being dismantled when it collapsed.


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