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Fiance of women killed when Dallas crane fell recalls chaos

DALLAS — Eric Ridenhour and his fiance Kiersten Smith were enjoying a lazy Sunday in their apartment when a crane crashed into their downtown Dallas complex.

Ridenhour says, “I had zero vision but I could feel the air in front of me when I was yelling her name and it was just texture. … It was like you could grab the air.”

The living room, where Smith had been, was gone. From their second-floor apartment in the five-story building, Ridenhour could see daylight.

The 29-year-old Smith was killed and several others injured when a crane at a construction site across the street fell onto their complex during a June 9 storm.

As Smith’s family and friends prepare for her Saturday funeral, investigators are trying to determine what caused the crane to fall.

Jamie Stengle, The Associated Press

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