UPDATE: Child dead after sign falls on family at Bham airport


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BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WIAT) — UPDATE (x3): The Jefferson Co. Coroner has identified the 10 year old boy who passed away from injuries sustained at the Birmingham Airport, as Luke Bresette.

UPDATE (x2): The mother, now identified as Heather Bresette, is now listed in critical condition at UAB Hospital.

UPDATE: Jefferson Co. Coroner’s Office has confirmed that a 10 year old boy has died from injuries sustained at the Birmingham airport.

ORIGINAL:  A family of five was hit by a falling sign at the Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport, sending three children to the hospital. They are being treated at Children’s Hospital. Their mother who also sustained injuries was transported to UAB.

The names of the family members have not been released. At least three of the victims were responsive when they were transported away from the scene. There is no word on the condition of the other two victims.

The incident happened in the new concourse in the airport, near the Southwest Airlines ticket counter. The entry point of the airport where the accident occurred is currently closed to the public. The incident will not affect pending flights.

Witnesses at the scene tell CBS42 that the father of the family was checking in at the Soutwest desk while his family, (wife and four children) were standing under the arrival departure sign. The sign then fell on the woman and her children. One child was said to be unresponsive at the scene.

Statement from Mayor Bell:

“I have offered our full support to the Airport Authority as they investigate what has occurred this afternoon. I have asked our public safety staff to assist this family in their time of need in any way possible as they grapple with what has happened.”

Steven Hoyt, Vice-Chair of the Birmingham Airport Authority, says that his heart goes out to the family and siblings, and that he is praying for the family.

Statement from the Birmingham Airport Authority:

The Birmingham Fire and Rescue responded to an emergency at the  Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport at approximately 1:30 p.m. The  incident occurred at a flight display board located pre-security near door 1 in  the new facility.
The Birmingham Airport Authority and its construction team  are going through the facility taking precautions to prevent any future  incidents.
Toni Herrera-Bast, spokesperson for the Birmingham Airport  Authority said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. “

CBS 42 is on the scene of the accident, and will continue to provide the latest details.

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