40-ton crane collapses into water at Seattle shipyard

40-ton crane collapses into water at Seattle shipyard
The collapsed crane is seen underwater in this photo from KOMO's Air 4. A life ring floats nearby.
SEATTLE - A 40-ton crane at a Seattle shipyard facility collapsed into the water Thursday with the operator still inside it, officials said.

According to Seattle fire officials, the crane fell about 50 feet and hit the water with such force that the window of the crane's cab exploded inwardly.

Workers from the shipyard were able to pull the operator, a man in his 40s, out of the cab and load him into a boat. He then was taken to Harborview Medical Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The accident took place at Vigor Industrial, located on Harbor Island at the former site of Todd Pacific Shipyards at about 12:35 p.m. The crane that collapsed was of the type that rides on rails along the waterfront.

The cause of the crane failure was not immediately known. The accident will be investigated by the state Department of Labor and Industries.

It was the second industrial accident at Vigor Industrial this month.

On Feb. 3, a worker fell between 75 and 100 feet, tumbling from a tower structure he was working on. The man hit scaffolding on the way down and suffered severe trauma. He was pronounced dead at the scene.