San Diego Stairwell Collapse Injures 21 Children In Barrio Logan Gym


San Diego Stairwell Collapse Injures 21 Children In Barrio Logan Gym

Twenty-three children were injured Saturday when a platform collapsed at an indoor gym in Barrio Logan, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

According to NBC San Diego, 21 children were transported to various hospitals nearby with minor to moderate injuries, a SDFD spokesperson said. Children were also running up and down the stairwell to get pizza just before the incident, another parent told the newspaper.

Most injuries were minor, but Wright said for a few they were "a little more serious. probably spinal-type injuries from the crush of the platform".

Police and firefighters had to dig at least one woman from under the rubble. It was unclear what caused the stairwell platform to collapse, authorities said.

Parents at the scene said about 50 children were expected to attend the event, but more than twice as many were present.

The Times reported that parents likely used a Groupon that had been offered for the open gym.

Vault PK owner and founder Jessica Ho issued a statement about the accident, saying she was "devastated". The facility in question includes trampolines and bouncy houses. Following the incident, one of their children called them up, and that is when they rushed back to the facility. Children who were above and below the structure were hurt.

Zachary Smith told the Los Angeles Times that it was "a freak accident" that could have been avoided because the structure didn't appear to be able to hold such weight. Many victims were being carried off in ambulances by medical personnel.



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