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Severe Storm Causes Devastating Crane Accident in Dallas

At least one person was killed and five others severely injured on Sunday, June 9th when a crane crashed into a Deep Ellum apartment building and parking garage.

A massive storm hit Dallas yesterday afternoon around 2:00 PM, with wind gusts reaching up to 70 mph.

The Elan City Lights apartments are located directly next to the construction site for a new apartment complex off of Live Oak Street, near the North Good-Latimer Expressway. The California-based company that owns the crane, Bigge Crane, released the following statement Sunday:

“Bigge Crane and Rigging Co. is aware of a breaking news story about one of its cranes that collapsed at a construction site during stormy weather with high winds this afternoon in Dallas. Tragically, it was confirmed by emergency responders that there is one fatality and others were injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who were killed and injured, and to those that suffered property damage.  We are mobilizing personnel to the site to find out more and, of course, to fully cooperate with investigating authorities.”

Bigge Crane and Rigging Co.

Emergency response teams worked to evacuate residents in the apartment buildings and the four stories of the affected parking garage. 

Dallas County Medical Examiner identified the fatality as 29-year-old Kiersten Smith. Five other people have been taken to Dallas hospitals. All other residents of Elan City Lights (along with some pets) were evacuated after the incident. The apartment’s management stated that the 468-unit complex was 94% occupied.

According to OSHA, the major causes of crane accidents are:

  • boom or crane contact with energized power lines (nearly 45% of the cases)
  • under the hook lifting device
  • overturned cranes
  • dropped loads
  • boom collapse crushing by the counter weight
  • outrigger use, falls and rigging failures

Dallas Goes Dark — Widespread Power Outage

Unfortunately the horrific crane incident was not the only damage caused by yesterday’s destructive microburst storm cell. Roughly 280,000 homes were without power in Dallas County, and about 46,000 residences in Collin, Tarrant, and Denton counties throughout the evening. 

Oncor Electric has requested emergency aid from across the country to help restore power to the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. They are warning affected residents that they may be without power for another several days. 

For power information and to report downed power lines, visit their website here or call Oncor at (888) 313-4747.

Contact Our Team of Professional Construction Injury Attorneys

While money can never fully bring back what you may have lost or had to endure, it can help a great deal on your road to recovery. At Reyes Browne Reilley, we are prepared to fight for the justice and compensation you are owed for the pain you have suffered.

If you have been injured in the June 9th Deep Ellum crane disaster at the Elan City Lights apartments, or have been involved in a construction site injury that was not your fault, contact us now for a free and confidential case review. Fill out our contact form online, or call (214) 526-7900, and we will get you on the road to recovery.

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