Airport sign kills boy: A sign at an Alabama airport fell on a family and killed a boy on Friday.
A sign at the airport in Birmingham, Ala., fell on a family, killing a young boy and injuring others.
Luke Bresette, 10, was pronounced dead at a local hospital in Alabama on Friday. The mother and two other children are also being treated.
The sign, which shows when and where the flights are leaving, collapsed at around 2:30 p.m. at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, according to CNN.
The board is estimated to weigh between 300 and 400 pounds and was in a pre-security section of the airport’s new terminal, reported MyFoxAl.com.
Larry Snyder, a witness, described the scene.
“The family was crushed, little kids crushed underneath the sign. And everybody was scattering to lift it up,” Snyder said, and added that he helped to try and pick it up.
Albert Osorio, 46, another witness said that he heard a loud crash followed by screams. He also helped lift off the sign.
“The whole thing flipped down on those kids. It took all of us here to stand it up,” he told Al.com.
When he looked at the sign, Orsorio said that it appeared to have been attached to the wall “only with liquid nails,” which is similar to high-powered hot glue.
Toni Herrera-Bast, a spokesperson with the airport, said it is unclear why the sign fell.
The incident at the prompted Alabama airport officials to convene for special meeting, according to Al.com.
“The Birmingham Airport Authority and its construction team are going through the facility taking any precautions to prevent future incidents,” a statement from the Birmingham Airport Authority reads.
Airport officials are now looking to see if other flight information signs are secure, reported MyFoxAl.com.
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