Crane collapses in downtown Dallas, at least two people injured
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jun 12, 2019,
Jun 12, 2019, 0:33
One person was killed after a crane collapsed onto a downtown Dallas apartment building Sunday afternoon amidst severe weather hitting the area. "We only hope that the damage that's been inflicted thus far is where it stops".
"It just sliced through the building ... like a hot knife through butter". Earlier, he had said six people were injured.
While the precise cause of the accident was not immediately determined, Evans said there was a "strong possibility that yes, the wind did play some role in the collapse of the crane itself".
Officials confirmed that two people were also in a critical condition and that three others were in a serious condition. He said he was not sure if anybody was in the garage at the time of the collapse.
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Damage to units and vehicles could be seen from the news helicopter. Multiple resources, to include Fire Operations, Emergency Medical Services, Urban Search and Rescue and Hazardous Materials assets, were dispatched to the scene to help mitigate the situation following reports of multiple collapses resulting in multiple injuries. She said residents were sent to the Latino Cultural Center across the street from the complex, where officials have a list of everyone who lives in the apartment complex to account for everyone.
Crews were called to the site of the collapse just before 2 p.m., after the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Dallas/Fort Worth area and warned of winds up to 70 miles per hour (113 kph).
The weather service said winds could exceed 70mph.
Bill Zeeble of member station KERA reports that the storm damaged neighborhoods across north Texas, taking down trees, damaging property and cutting off power to more than 300,000 electricity customers.