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Crane Damages Darryl Johnston’s Home

April 3, 1996

COPPELL, Texas (AP) _ A huge crane toppled onto the house of Dallas Cowboys fullback Darryl Johnston on Tuesday, partially shearing off one of the exterior walls.

Johnston, a newlywed, was away on his honeymoon. His mother told a neighbor she was the only one in the house when the accident occurred. Johnston’s mother was uninjured.

The crane crew was in the process of removing a tree from the star’s backyard.

Another neighbor, Gayla Young, said she was out pulling weeds when she heard a worker yell.

``The ground shook, and I heard that the windows on the house across the street shook,″ Young said. ``It was loud.″

Crews began trying to extract the 40-foot crane from Johnston’s two-story home. The crane was embedded in the roof and it would have missed the house entirely if it had fallen just a few feet to the right.

Coppell police refused to provide any information about the incident.

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