Woman killed as crane smashes into flats during Texas thunderstorms


The winds were so strong they knocked over construction equipment, as seen in a video showing a crane that fell onto an apartment building in downtown Dallas.

The names of the injured and the person who died were not immediately available. Of the five injured, two were critically hurt, two seriously injured and one was treated and released.

Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans told reporters at a briefing on the accident that a woman in the apartment building was killed when the crane cut a gash in the apartment building, apparently slicing through some of the apartments.

The construction crane was brought down during a powerful thunderstorm which hit Texas on Sunday.

Firefighters along with live-find rescue dogs are searching the complex for missing and injured people.

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Then Kearney and her husband saw the crane fall.

He said the building suffered multiple collapses in different parts of the structure to include residential spaces as well as the parking garage. I don't even know how to describe it.

It seems that the counterweight descended into the upper apartments, while the tower - which failed structurally at the top of the second section - struck the auto park, destroying a number of floors, sending cars into the lower levels. The National Weather Service says that watch is in effect until 10 p.m. CDT. At the time, the area was under a severe thunderstorm watch, with the possibility of winds exceeding 70mph. There were also multiple reports of downed trees and ping-pong-sized hail.

While clear skies are expected in the wake of the system in North Texas, Norman said the same storm complex continues south and will likely impact Austin, Waco and San Antonio through the early evening.