Transcript for Crane collapse that killed 1, injured others under investigation
And we have new reporting tonight on that deadly crane collapse in Dallas. 71-mile-an-hour winds toppling it over. The crane slicing through several floors of this apartment building and through several levels of a parking garage. Tossing cars like toys. One woman was killed inside her apartment. Another man is in critical condition in a top floor apartment his family had just moved into. ABC's Clayton Sandell is in Dallas tonight. Reporter: Tonight, investigators want to know why this crane came crashing down, turning a Sunday afternoon into armageddon. Absolute chaos. I can't believe what I'm Seeing right now. Reporter: Dallas firefighters rushed victims to safety. The crane slicing through multiple floors of apartments and a parking garage. Toppled in a storm packing winds up to 71 miles per hour. Oh, my god, the crane is falling over. Reporter: The impact killing 29-year-old Kiersten Smith. Five others were injured. Sounded like the gnarliest crack of thunder you've ever heard. Oh! Reporter: The storms also bringing tornado damage in Texas and flooding in North Carolina and Tennessee. Where a 2-year-old boy was swept away and killed. In Dallas today, displaced apartment residents were allowed in to grab a few essentials. This woman wrote on faceweek that her husband Jay was home asleep when the crane destroyed their apartment. Rescuers found him injured, but still holding their dog, Joey. And Clayton Sandell with us live tonight from the scene of that collapse. And Clayton, I know you and the team have been looking into the safety record of the crane company? Reporter: That's right, David. We found that this company has had 17 federal safety violations since 2013. Some of them serious. The company did not respond to us today, but have said they are cooperating. Now, while officials say that weather was certainly a factor in what happened here behind me, they say that determining the exact cause could take up to six months. David? Clayton, thank you. And as Clayton points out there, the weather was a major factor in Dallas, of course. And tonight, we're watching heavy rain and likely dangerous driving ahead from Raleigh up through D.C., New York and Boston, all in the forecast. Flooding in Gaston county, north Carolina, causing high water rescues in the last 24 hours. Let's get right to chief meteorologist ginger zee tonight. She's tracking it all, of course. Hey, ginger. Reporter: David, right behind me, you usually see the George Washington bridge so clearly, not tonight. More than 1,100 delays in new York alone, thanks to the weather. Now watch. It's from North Carolina, where you have the flash flood watches, right through Virginia and Delaware, tonight through tomorrow, all along I-95, if you have plans to drive through early tomorrow morning, especially in Boston, say Connecticut or Rhode Island, watch for those possibilities of heavy rain. Then we dry out. Dry is not something you want to be talking about when you are seeing the fires pop up on the west coast. Excessive heat warning stretching from Oregon down to Arizona. We've seen records broken today. San Francisco, Monterey, we'll see more tomorrow and Wednesday, Ginger, thank you.
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