Experts: Missing pins possibly caused Seattle crane collapse

  • Damage to a building that was under construction when a crane collapsed on it Saturday in Seattle is shown, Monday, April 29, 2019, in Seattle. The accident killed four people. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • An iron cross bearing the numbers of Ironworkers Local union chapters from Portland and Seattle stands next to flowers, Monday, April 29, 2019, in Seattle at a memorial on a median across the street from where a construction crane collapsed and fell Saturday, killing four people, two of whom were ironworkers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • An iron cross bearing the numbers of Ironworkers Local union chapters from Portland and Seattle stands next to flowers, Monday, April 29, 2019, at a memorial on a median across the street from where a construction crane collapsed and fell Saturday, killing four people, two of whom were ironworkers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE — It appears workers who were disassembling a construction crane had prematurely removed pins securing the sections of the crane’s mast to each other, and that could explain why it toppled Saturday, killing four people, experts said.

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