Published: Mon, June 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

1 dead, 6 injured after crane falls on Dallas apartment building

1 dead, 6 injured after crane falls on Dallas apartment building

Isaiah Allen, a resident of the damaged apartments, holds onto Princess as he watches officials respond to a scene after a crane collapsed into Elan City Lights apartments in Dallas, Texas.

Crews were called to the site of the collapse today NZT (just before 2pm Sunday local time), after the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Dallas/Fort Worth area and warned of winds up to 113km/h.

Dallas Fire and Rescue officials said the metal frame collapsed into the apartment block near Good Latimer and Live Oak in Downtown Dallas.

Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans told reporters two people were taken to area hospitals in critical condition and three were hospitalised in non-critical but serious condition.

"We're hoping that what we have at this point is where it ends [in terms of casualties]", said Mr Evans.

"Our hearts go out to everyone who has been impacted by this incident".

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

He said the building suffered multiple collapses in different parts of the structure to include residential spaces as well as the parking garage.

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 vehicle park, destroying a number of floors, sending cars into the lower levels.

"We just saw cars everywhere".

The crane collapse comes as strong weather and storms hit the Dallas metropolitan area.

Part of the crane that fell on an apartment building killing one person in the USA state of Texas.

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