Fatal Airport Sign Collapse Unexplained
March 25, 2013 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., (UPI) — Officials at an Alabama airport said they were still looking into what caused a sign to fall on a family, killing a 10-year-old boy.
Luke Bresette, 10, was walking through the pre-security concourse at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport in Birmingham Friday when a large electronic arrivals and departures sign fell on him and his family. The boy was killed and his mother remained in serious condition with two broken ankles and a broken pelvis. Two siblings, ages 8 and 5, were in good condition.
The Bresette family was traveling back home to Kansas following a spring recess vacation to the Gulf Coast, AL.com reported.
Airport officials held a closed-door meeting with representatives of several construction firms that recently renovated the concourse. The airport is undergoing a $209 million renovation, officials said.