Fiance of crane collapse victim speaks out

Eric Ridenhour said "everything kind of just went dark" when a crane collapsed into the Dallas apartment he shared with his fiance, Kiersten Smith, 29, who was killed in the collapse.
3:36 | 06/20/19

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We'll turn to that ABC news exclusive, though. This morning we're hearing from a survivor of the deadly crane collapse in Texas. The crane falling into a man's apartment tragically killing his fiancee. Marcus Moore sat down with him and joins us now from Dallas. Good morning, Marcus. Reporter: Well, robin, good morning. It is a terrible scene here. That crane is still resting on the apartment building where it sliced through about two weeks ago and this morning for the very first time we are hearing from the man inside the apartment he shared with his future wife when that crane came crashing down. Oh, my god, the crane is falling over. Oh, my god. Reporter: This was the moment a family was forever changed. Oh, my god, you guys. Reporter: Less than two weeks ago Eric and his fiance Kiersten were spending a lazy Sunday together in their Dallas apartment when a severe thunderstorm hit with 70-mile-per-hour winds. It happened that quick. Reporter: Eric was making lunch in the kitchen. Kiersten sitting just ten feet away when that giant tower crane outside their apartment window collapsed slicing through the five-story apartment building all the way to where they were on the second floor. I was almost done with the grilled cheese. I had one side down and -- and that's when everything kind of just went dark like this. I don't remember hearing a sound. I could see white and darkness at the same time and I could feel it in the air. Reporter: Reaching out for his fiancee. The first words out of my mouth were my fiancee's name, Kiersten and I don't know how many times I said her name. I was screaming her name and I could not find her. Reporter: Eric survived the accident but Kiersten did not. And as firefighters were rushing Eric to safety he managed to grab what he now will cherish forever. Of the one thing I was able to get was our engagement I found it laying somewhere and I was able to toss it to one of the firemen before I got on the ladder to get out. Reporter: This morning authorities are still investigating what went wrong and why. The family hiring a team of attorneys who are planning on their own investigation once osha allows them access to the site. We're going to use that as an opportunity to find some answers and then we'll determine what we need to do. Reporter: The company that owns the crane, california-based bigge crane and rigging released a statement offering condolences to Kiersten's loved one. There's no bringing back my baby. I feel if somebody is at fault they need to be held accountable. Reporter: And Kiersten's funeral is set for this weekend and this accident forced hundreds of people from their homes and they will not be allowed back and there's already one resident has filed a lawsuit against the crane company and the property developer here in Dallas. All right, Marcus, thank you so much and thinking of her family and they want answers. A lot of people want answers. They do. Definitely. What a beautiful soul she

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