Saturday, March 23, 2013

Ten Year Old Killed After 300-400lb Sign Collapses At Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport

Luke Bresette

Luke Bresette
I'm so sorry for their heart breaks whenever I hear stories of sudden tragedy like this. May Luke rest in peace and his family find comfort knowing he is in the arms of our Heavenly Father. I can't imagine losing one of my sons, let alone in such a sudden and tragic way. May the family and friends of Luke find peace and healing through prayer after this tragic loss.
"He was a beautiful boy,'' said his uncle, Alex Bresette. "He was great in school. He was bright and inquisitive."

Luke Bresette was fatally injured about 1:30 p.m. today as he and his three brothers, sister and parents were returning to Overland Park, Kansas after spending a week in Destin for Spring Break. A display sign weighing an estimated 300-400 pounds peeled away from the wall at the newly-renovated airport, falling on Luke, his mother Heather Bresette, and brothers Sam, 8, and Tyler, 5.

Husband and father Ryan Bresette wasn't injured, nor was sister Anna and another brother, Joe, Alex Bresette said. Heather Bresette is listed in critical condition at UAB Hospital with two broken ankles and a fractured pelvis. She underwent surgery this evening, Alex Bresette said.
  BIRMINGHAM, Alabama--Battalion Chief Donald Jones of the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service, discusses an accident when a sign fell on people at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport March 22, 2013. Sam is being treated for a broken leg and nose; Tyler for a concussion. Both are listed in serious condition at Children's of Alabama. article_sign2_0322Authorities had said four children were hospitalized in the incident, but Alex Bresette said only three, and hospital officials said the same.   The grieving uncle told tonight that Luke, the third of the five children, was an active 5th grader at St. Thomas More School, where all five of the Bresette children have been attending this year. He played baseball, football, basketball and sang in the choir. He was an avid fan of Notre Dame football, and the Kansas Jayhawks.  "You know how some kids get too old to hug you anymore?" Alex Bresette said. "Not Luke, he always hugged."  Witnesses said the family was walking by the giant sign when it came crashing down on top of them. It took six men to lift the sign off the family, and later about a dozen men held it up while rescue workers worked on the family. That portion of the airport was cordoned off this afternoon, and an investigation is now underway into what went terribly wrong.    The APP: A sign at the Birmingham airport fell on a family Friday, killing a 10-year boy and injuring [three] other family members. Deputy Coroner Derrick Perryman said 10-year-old Luke Bresette was pronounced dead at Children’s 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, Kan. Firefighters estimated the arrival-departure sign weighed 300 to 400 pounds.
Sign Collapse at Airport
Albert Osorio, 46, of Birmingham told that he was close by when the sign fell. He said a loud boom was followed by screams from the family and witnesses. Then he and five other passers-by 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 about 1:30 p.m. Friday in a pre-security area of the airport. The airport continued operating while rescue workers tended to the family.  The airport completed the first phase of a more than $201 million modernization effort and opened newly renovated concourses last week.
Sign Collapse at Airport
People hold up a flight information sign after collapsed and fell on four people at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport Friday. (Carol Robinson |
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