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Dallas crane collapse investigation under way as one dead, five hurt

Strong winds and heavy rainfall cause crane to collapse and 'slice through' homes within the Elan City Lights apartment block

A construction crane collapsed in Dallas.
AP/ Michael Santana
A construction crane collapsed in Dallas.

One person was killed and five others were injured when a construction crane fell due to strong winds and heavy rainfall and hail on the Elan City Lights apartment building in Dallas, Texas on the morning of 9 June, following which the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an investigation that crane rental firm Bigge Crane and Rigging Co is supporting.

Associated Press (AP) reported that Dallas Fire-Rescue's spokesperson, Jason Evans, said the reasons for the crane's collapse were unknown, adding that there was a “strong possibility” that winds “played some role in the collapse”.

He added that a woman was killed when the crane cut a gash in the building, apparently slicing through some of the apartments.

During a press brief, Evans revealed that of those injured in the incident, two were in a critical condition, two were seriously injured, and one person suffered minor injuries, AP reported.

Dallas News reported that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was investigating the collapse.

Its report, citing Bigge's representative, Randy Smith, added: "We are mobilising personnel to the site to find out more and, of course, to fully cooperate with investigating authorities.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with those directly impacted by this incident, their families and loved ones, and with those who suffered property damage."

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