Dallas crane: Casualties confirmed after crane smashes into Texas flats during storms

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A construction crane buffeted by high winds during a storm collapsed on a Texas apartment building in the U.S., killing one woman in the building and injuring at least six more, two of them critically, a fire official said. Two of them were in critical condition and two had serious injuries while another was treated and released.

It wasn't immediately clear whether any other people were missing or trapped in the building or the nearby parking garage, which also collapsed.

Across Dallas the storm felled mature trees and knocked out power Sunday, leaving many areas without working traffic lights.

Strong wind and damage were also reported in Collin and Rockwall counties, according to the weather service.

Dallas Fire and Rescue officials said the metal frame collapsed into the apartment block near Good Latimer and Live Oak in Downtown Dallas. Others said their pets were still inside.

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What caused the crane - which was being used at a construction site next door - to collapse was still unclear. A severe thunderstorm watch for the Dallas-Fort Worth area was issued at 11:25 am (local time).

The crane tore through four floors of the apartment building in Dallas' downtown city center district, Dallas Police Department spokesman DeMarquis Black said.

Two people have reportedly been rescued and hospitalized.

Video footage shows the downed crane ripped a large gash into the side of the apartment building and damaged an adjacent parking garage filled with vehicles. Search crews found a woman who was later pronounced dead.

The construction crane was brought down during a powerful thunderstorm which hit Texas on Sunday.