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Dallas crane collapse update

Posted: Jun 10, 2019 10:00 PM Updated:
The boom of a large crane fell on a Dallas apartment building on June 9, 2019. (KXAS via NBC News) The boom of a large crane fell on a Dallas apartment building on June 9, 2019. (KXAS via NBC News)

We're learning more about what happened Sunday afternoon when a large crane toppled into a Dallas apartment building. One tenant was killed, five others were injured, and the the city is still in shock.

Kiersten Smith, a 29-year-old resident of the Elan City Lights apartments, was killed when the crane fell, leaving a large gash in the five-story structure near downtown.

Apartment tenant Alexa Waggoner was luckier.

"We came out. We went to the parking garage, because it was like, 'It's fire... I want to get out of the building... at least that way.' And so, like we saw it all crash down, and we were just like in shock," she said. "We ran down the stairs, and then we all ran outside. And it was just like chaos. It was crazy."

Smith was identified by the Dallas County Medical Examiner's office on Monday morning, but an official cause of death has yet to be determined.

Another Elan City Lights resident, Alex Dutta, said that people who live there will be getting their June rent and utilities costs back as well as $500.

"Due to the damage to the building, they're going to be unable to get everyone else to move back in in the near future," he said. "For now, everyone's having to move out. They allowed us to go inside for five minutes and throw as much stuff as we could in a bag and get out, and that's all we're able to do right now."

Officials said two of the injured remained in critical condition on Monday. Two of the injuries were described as serious, and one other suffered minor injuries and was later discharged from a hospital.

"You just kind of never expect it to happen, I mean, uh regulation laws and everything," Dutta said. "There's only so much you can do, and I just hope the body count doesn't rise because, I mean, coming out of that ash, screaming chaos in the lobby, no one should have gone through that."

With the apartment building shut down following the crane collapse, more than 530 residents were temporarily left without a home. They've been provided with hotel rooms and food vouchers.

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