At least 1 dead, 6 injured in Dallas crane collapse

Clay Curtis
June 10, 2019

Dallas Fire Rescue spokesperson Jason Evans said the reason the crane came down is still unknown, but the high winds during a storm are suspected to have played a role in the accident. He also said that residents living in apartments that are inaccessible because of damage from the crane were either out at the time or among those hospitalized.

The crane resting on the damaged building in Dallas.

One person inside the complex took a video of what he saw.

The crane tore through four floors of the apartment building in Dallas' downtown city center district, Dallas Police Department spokesman DeMarquis Black said.

What caused the crane - which was being used at a construction site next door - to collapse was still unclear.

Evans said the top priority for search and rescue personnel was the eastern side of the building where all five floors collapsed and where the deceased woman was found.

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"It was like a sunny, attractive day and people were at the pool", she said. "It went from the fifth floor to, from what I can tell, the third floor", she said. "It got dark and it was over in a matter of seconds".

Mr Evans said "every single level of the parking garage in part has collapsed" and that multiple vehicles were damaged.

When it hit the garage, she added, "We just saw cars everywhere".

Shocking images showed the crane had torn through the concrete as it fell into the building.

Though management is still working to account for all of its residents, there have been no reports of any missing. The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area until 7pm, warning of heavy rain, damaging gusts and large hail. The National Weather Service says that watch is in effect until 10 p.m. CDT.

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