1 dead, 6 injured in Texas crane collapse

Officials respond to the scene after a crane collapsed into Elan City Lights apartments in Dallas on Sunday, June 9, 2019. Injuries were reported Sunday afternoon when storms pummeled parts of North Texas.

DALLAS — One person was killed and at least six others were injured Sunday afternoon when a crane fell into an apartment building as storms pummeled parts of North Texas.

Crews searching the Elan City Lights apartments found a woman inside an apartment after the crane had crashed into the east side of the building, Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said. She was later pronounced dead.

Six other people were hospitalized at Parkland Memorial Hospital and Baylor University Medical Center.

Two were transported in critical condition, three were in serious condition and one was treated and released, Evans said.

Crews were called just before 2 p.m. local time to the 2600 block of Live Oak Street, near U.S. Highway 75 and North Good-Latimer Expressway, Evans said.

It was not clear late Sunday afternoon whether other people were missing or trapped inside the apartments and collapsed parking garage. Plano police dogs were at the location to help first responders search the structures, he said.

Yesenia Bosquez’s family had moved into a top-floor apartment just two weeks before the crane came crashing down. She returned from a shopping trip to find her apartment crushed by the twisted metal. She had left her husband, Jay, in the apartment to recover from a shoulder injury.

It took about 30 minutes for authorities to tell her that her husband had been rescued alive and had been holding their dog while medics worked on his injuries.

“It felt like a year,” Bosquez said. An hour later, she still didn’t know which hospital he was taken to.

Isaiah Allen was in his apartment when he heard what he thought was the loudest thunderclap he had ever heard but quickly realized the sound came from the collapsed crane.

“I saw that the crane had actually fell straight through the building and had destroyed a good eight to 10 apartments and so there’s like floors and stuff falling through,” he said.

Allen said he saw a bloodied woman trapped in her apartment on the second floor.

Steven Cooney said he had been standing on his balcony watching debris fly off a nearby building that was under construction when the crane fell right next to him.

Cooney went to the parking garage, but it had collapsed. As he was leaving the building, he said he saw injured people who were trapped on the balconies.

Residents who were evacuated from the building gathered, holding their pets and nothing else. Others said their pets were still inside.

Joshua Gomez, 23, was taking the trash from his third-floor apartment to the chute in the garage when a curtain of rubble came down in front of him.

He ran back to his apartment to find his dog, Lucky, cowering under the bed. He scooped Lucky up and ran outside, yelling to neighbors along the way.

He doesn’t know where they’ll stay tonight, or how they’ll get there without his brand new truck, which was buried in the rubble.

Joy Jones and two friends pulled into the parking lot when the rain started. Moments later, wind knocked down the billboard, which scraped the right side of Jones’s car.

“It just picked up so fast and it was not even raining,” Jones said.

Carenca of Plano was getting ready to leave from lunch at Breadwinners when she saw the billboard land on her SUV.

“All of the sudden, we heard this bang, the lights flickered and it smelled like something was burning,” she said.

More than 200,000 customers were affected by outages across North Texas as of 2 p.m., according to Oncor.

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Gracie Hopper