Woman killed as crane smashes into flats during Texas thunderstorms
At least six people have been injured.
A woman has been killed and six other people injured after a crane collapsed on an apartment building in Texas amid severe thunderstorms.
Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said that the woman was killed when the crane cut a gash in the building, apparently slicing through some of the apartments.
Mr Evans said it is too early to say whether there may be more people injured or killed.
“We only hope that what we’ve found up to this point is where the damage and where the impact stops,” he said.
Of those injured, two were listed in a critical condition, three had suffered serious injuries and one suffered minor injuries and was later discharged from a hospital.
Video footage shows the crane ripped a hole into the side of the building. It also damaged an adjacent parking garage and some of the vehicles in it.
The crane fell after the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area, warning of heavy rain, damaging gusts and large hail.
The agency also issued a flood advisory for parts of the region.
The weather service said winds could exceed 70mph. At Dallas Love Field airport, WFAA-TV reported that gusts damaged a hangar door and part of the roof at a Southwest Airlines maintenance facility.