Image shows a crane that fell Sunday on an apartment building in Dallas. (Shaban Athuman/Dallas Morning News ViaAP)
DALLAS, TX — A crane collapsed onto an apartment building in Old East Dallas and at least one person is dead, according to reports. Graphic video posted on social media showed multiple floors also collapsed when the crane fell. Several cars fell, landing on top of each other amongst the debris field.
Video shot by Twitter user @soph_daigle shows the moment high winds seem to push the crane over.
"Oh my God! The crane is falling over," she shouts. "Oh my God! Oh my God, you guys."
A second video showed the aftermath. Firefighters can be seen rushing someone away from the scene on a gurney. Four cars were covered with debris from a severely damaged building that saw its roof and several floors caved in. To the untrained eye, the structure seemed as if it could give way at any moment.
"It’s absolute chaos," the man who shot the video can be heard saying. He later described what he was seeing as a "war zone."
Jason Evans, a spokesman with Dallas Fire-Rescue Department, told NBC News that six people were hurt. Five of them were in serious or critical condition and the sixth was treated at a hospital and released. Emergency responders found a woman inside the Elan City Lights apartments, the Morning News reported. She was later declared dead. The woman’s name wasn’t immediately released.
The crane fell as strong winds, heavy rain and hail battered parts of North Texas, Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans told the Dallas Morning News. Initially he said two people were hospitalized but later acknowledged the total wasn’t known.
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the region until 7 p.m. Sunday. Heavy rains, damaging winds and large hail were possible, and a flood advisory was issued for parts of the region until 5 p.m.
Warning: Video contains graphic images and language.
NEW VIDEO from an eyewitness at the apartment complex on the east side of the Dallas skyline badly damaged by a falling crane in this afternoon’s severe thunderstorm. (Warning about the language.) pic.twitter.com/6hKUGFEUOy— Jason Whitely (@JasonWhitely) June 9, 2019
I got a video of the crane collapsing in Dallas. I hope everyone’s ok— it was terrifying to watch pic.twitter.com/SrC9Kwy2ur— sophie daigle (@soph_daigle) June 9, 2019