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Crane Falls Onto Dallas Museum Of Art

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - A construction crane fell onto the Dallas Museum of Art on Friday morning, however, it appears as though nobody was seriously injured.

Images from the scene showed the base of the crane tilted up while the large arm sat resting on the roof of the museum.

Bob Phillips with Texas Country Reporter was right across the street from the Dallas Museum of Art when the crane fell down. He said that, immediately after the incident, the vehicle's operator climbed out of the crane cab and shouted that he was not hurt.

Despite that, an ambulance did arrive at the scene shortly afterward to help the crane operator with minor injuries. His name has not been released.

The museum was not open when the crane came down. The south end of the building is closed until further notice, but other parts of the museum are operating Friday under normal business hours.

The crane narrowly missed a large outdoor sculpture when it toppled over, and no damage was done to the piece. There was visible damage to the museum building, but its severity is unknown at this time.

The crane is owned by Scharff Crane Rental, a company based in Sherman. It was erecting a party tent used for private events that are held on the museum's south side. The crane needed to hoist heavy metal beams as part of the work, but the weight of those pillars somehow pulled the crane base off of the ground.

The cause of the crane fall is not yet known. CBS 11 News meteorologist Scott Padgett stated that weather conditions in Dallas early Friday were not very windy, so that can probably be ruled out as a factor in this incident.


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