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Elan City Lights Tenant Files Lawsuit Against Crane Operator, Apartment Owners Following Deadly Crane Collapse

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - A tenant of the now-vacant Elan City Lights Apartments has filed a lawsuit against the apartment building along with Bigge Crane and Rigging Co. and the Gabriella apartment building under construction, following Sunday's crane collapse that killed a resident and made the building uninhabitable.

Macy Chiasson, who lived two floors below where Kiersten Smith lived, filed the lawsuit.  Smith, 29, was killed when the crane collapsed into the building.

The lawsuit claims Chaisson cut her foot on glass as she was running for safety with her dog.

She is seeking more than $1 million in damages.

Macy Chiasson
Macy Chiasson (CBS 11)

The lawsuit claims the defendants "breached their duties of ordinary care to the Plaintiff by failing to adequately warn the Plaintiff and others of the condition and failing to make that condition reasonably safe."

It also says the Bigge Crane and Rigging Co. failed to properly inspect and maintain the crane on a regular basis in order to keep it from becoming a danger.

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Chiasson is seeking damages "awarded against the Defendants in a sum that is not less than three times the amount of the Plaintiff's actual damages."


Federal investigators have not yet determined the cause of the collapse, but Chiasson's attorney Jason Friedman said he's moving quickly to make sure all evidence is preserved.

"I heard a loud boom and the whole building shook and then I could hear floor by floor some kind of object falling through," said Chiasson.

She explained to CBS 11 Tuesday night how she ran from her apartment clutching her dog and cell phone as she saw debris and concrete falling around her.

Once she made it outside, she realized what had happened.

"There was one lady that was on the second floor and I was looking up at her and she was just covered in blood. She was asking for help," she said. "But when I looked through the window of where she was standing, there was no apartment behind her. I mean, there were apartments that were just completely gone."

Chiasson, an undefeated UFC fighter, said in addition to her injury, she lost her home, gear and all of her trophies.

"There's many other cranes that are still up. This crane should have withstood those winds, like the other cranes," said Friedman.

A spokesperson for Bigge Crane said the company is aware of the lawsuit, but had no further comment.

"People were seriously injured by something that shouldn't have happened," said Chiasson.


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