2 workers seriously injured in West Seattle construction accident

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SEATTLE - Two construction workers were severely injured Monday morning when a crane hit a power line in West Seattle.

Emergency personnel responded to the scene, near 42nd Avenue Southwest and Southwest Oregon Street about 10:30 a.m. after receiving reports of a serious construction accident.

Both construction workers were rushed to Harborview Medical Center with severe burn injuries.

Both are in critical condition.

The work site was evacuated and shut down as investigators from the Department of Labor and Industries tried to find out what led to the mishap.

Several witnesses say they heard workers yelling, "whoa, whoa, whoa" before the crane hit the power lines.

Power was out during the day to some businesses as Seattle City Light crews waited for Labor and Industries to complete its investigation.

Some of the power lines are marked with flags to warn crane operators. But there no no flags on this line where the crane hit.

A City Light worker says flags are required and that they are the construction company's responsibility.

The construction company did not respond to requests for comment.

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