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Two Killed in Construction Crane Accident at Kingdome

August 18, 1994

SEATTLE (AP) _ A basket attached to a construction crane at the Kingdome broke free Wednesday night, sending two workers falling 250 feet to their deaths and seriously injuring a third.

The workers were in the basket sandblasting the stadium ceiling when it broke loose, said Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman Georgia Taylor. The two were not immediately identified.

The basket struck the crane’s cab as it fell, injuring the operator, Charles Cox, who was taken to Harborview Medical Center, Taylor said. Cox, 25, was being checked for a possible head injury, said hospital spokesman Larry Zalin.

The basket ″flattened that cab like a pancake,″ said worker Bob McCormick, who ran into the stadium when he heard a loud crash.

The Kingdome has been closed for renovation since July 19, when four ceiling tiles fell into the stands before a Mariners’ baseball game. All 40,000 tiles have been removed and will be replaced.

King County Executive Gary Locke this week proposed a new ceiling material for the downtown stadium and said he hoped to have the renovation completed in time for the Seattle Seahawks’ first regular season home football game Sept. 18.

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