Alabama airport sign falls on family, killing 10-year-old boy and injuring others

Sign weighed between 300 and 400 pounds

Birmingham, Ala. - A sign at the Birmingham airport fell on a family, killing a 10-year-old boy and injuring other family members

Deputy Coroner Derrick Perryman said 10-year-old Luke Bresette was prounounced dead at children of Alabama. Two other children were being treated there, and the mother, Heather Bresette, was taken to University Hospital, where spokeswoman Nicole Wyatt said she was in critical condition.

Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Derrick Perryman confirms the family is from Overland Park Kansas.

Firefighters estimated the arrival-departure weighed 300-400 pounds.

Albert Osorio, 46, of Birmingham said he was close to the sign when it fell. He said a loud boom was followed by screams from the family and witnesses. Then he and five other people lifted off the sign.

"The whole thing flipped down on those kids. It took all of us here to stand it up," he said.

Airport spokeswoman Toni Herrera-Bast said officials aren't sure how the sign fell. She said it happened around 1:30 p.m. Friday in pre-security area at the airport. The airport continued operating while rescue workers tended to the family.

The airport completed the first phase of a more than $200 million modernization effort and opened newly renovated concourses last week.

Mayor William Bell issued a statement saying the city offered its full support to the airport authority in investigating the accident.


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