Crane Collapses In High Winds, Smashing Through Dallas Apartment Building

One dead and six injured in Dallas crane collapse amid severe thunderstorms

A construction crane buffeted by high winds during a storm collapsed on a Texas apartment building in the USA, killing one woman in the building and injuring at least six more, two of them critically, a fire official said.

"We're hoping that what we have at this point is where it ends" in terms of casualties, Evans said during the televised news briefing.

"It just sliced through the building. like a hot knife through butter", she said.

Local media reports said the person who died was a woman.

Evans says that one woman was killed when the crane fell on the building, and five other people were taken to hospitals with injuries.

Damage to units and vehicles could be seen from the news helicopter.

"There has never been a crane collapse onto an already inhabited building, as far as I know", Evans told reporters.

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Reports of injuries followed the crane's toppling, but it is unclear how many injuries there were, according to CNN affiliate KTVT-TV.

"The building itself has suffered multiple collapses in different areas.to include residential spaces and the parking garage", Dallas Fire Rescue official Jason Evans said. He said did not know whether the crane was in operation at the time.

The crane fell after the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area until 7 p.m. Sunday, according to the Associated Press, which warned of heavy rain, damaging gusts and large hail.

The weather service said winds could exceed 70mph.

Damage and power outages are being reported throughout other areas of Texas, as severe storms blast through the state.

Storms in North Texas affected regional 911 call centers, according to Dallas police.

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