The normal hustle in Seattle’s busiest tech neighborhood was subdued on Monday morning, as workers returned to gleaming office buildings in South Lake Union two days after a construction crane crashed from a future Google building into the street below, killing four people.
Those headed to jobs at Amazon and other nearby companies and businesses mixed on sidewalks with construction workers wearing hard hats and neon-colored vests. The latter have been busily building a booming hub to house the former for years now, and towering cranes like the one that fell on Saturday are a constant part of the backdrop.
On a blue-sky morning along a reopened Mercer Street, damage to the roof of the project, at the corner of Fairview Avenue, was clearly visible six stories above street level. People stopped to look up and some raised smartphones to snap pictures of the scene.