Airport sign falls killing boy, 10, and injuring several othersBy Mason White 6:46 AM March 24, 2013
By: Ryan Lee Hall
(Scroll down for video) A little boy was killed and several other people were injured after an airport sign suddenly fell down, according to press reports in Alabama.
The 10-year-old boy was killed and three others injured when a flight board big screen overturned in the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.
The accident occurred on Friday, just weeks after the flight terminal reopened after a $201 million remodeling project.
It took half a dozen bystanders to help lift the sign of about 300 pounds and free the four family members who were injured after the sign hit them.
After the accident, Luke Bresette, 10, was rushed to Children’s Hospital of Alabama, where he was pronounced dead. His mother Heather Bresette is in critical condition at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. Two other siblings were also injured.
Airport spokesperson Toni Herrera-Bast told a local television news station that the incident was being investigated.
“We will follow the situation, but for now we have secured the place,” Herrera-Bast said.
Birmingham Mayor William Bell, released a statement Friday about the incident and the investigation.
“I asked our public safety personnel to help this family in their time of need in any way possible, and to deal with what has happened,” Bell said.
Although the area where the sign fell was shut down, the airport remained open after the incident.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view