Four people were killed Saturday when a construction crane collapsed into one of Seattle's busiest intersections, according to a Seattle Fire spokesman.
The university said in a statement that she was in one of the cars on Mercer Street when the crane fell.
Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins said four people were killed, including two crane operators and two people in separate vehicles.
The three injured in the incident have been taken to hospital.
"We also saw some miracles, including a mother and her young child whose auto was struck by the crane but survived".
Harborview spokeswoman Susan Gregg said Saturday night that the mother and baby had been discharged, while the man injured was in satisfactory condition.
Witnesses spoke of strong winds at the time of the crane collapse, though the National Weather Service tweeted that it "would not consider" nearby reported gusts of 18 and 23 miles per hour around the same time to be strong.
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The city has dozens of construction cranes building office towers and apartment buildings.
The Seattle Fire Department confirmed the fatalities just before 5 p.m. local time.
Officials say it happened on Fairview Avenue and Mercer Street in the South Lake Union area of the city at around 3:30pm on Saturday afternoon. Police and the state Department of Labour and Industries were investigating, which Ms Durkan said could take months.
"It was terrifying", witness Esther Nelson, who was working nearby, told the Times.
A construction crane collapsed in downtown Seattle on Saturday, and initial reports indicate it damaged several cars.
Seattle Times journalist Evan Bush wrote on Twitter that some of the cars were "pancaked" while construction workers scrambled to help the survivors crawl out of the mangled vehicles. None of them have life-threatening injuries, she said.
Vulcan Inc said: "Our hope is that those who have been injured return to full health as soon as possible".