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Family of Woman Killed in Crane Collapse Awarded Over $860 Million

A Dallas jury has awarded over $860 million to the family and estate of Kiersten Smith, who died when a construction crane collapsed on the Elan City Lights apartment complex during a storm in 2019.

During the trial, lawyers for the family argued that the crane had been left in a rigid position during a windstorm and not allowed to “weathervane,” which means to point into the wind.

Lawyers also pointed out that dozens of other construction cranes in Dallas survived the same windstorm without incident.

Smith was the only resident who died after the crane collapsed on the complex during the storm. Five others were injured and many were left without a place to live.

Read the source article at cbsnews.com

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