Kansas woman, two sons recovering after Alabama airport sign accident
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -
A woman and two of her sons are improving at hospitals after they were seriously injured when a flight information billboard fell on them at an airport in Alabama.
A third son, ten-year-old Luke Bresette, was killed Friday when the electronic board, weighing at least 300 pounds, fell at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.
The boys' mother, Heather Bresette, had broken ankles and a crushed pelvis. A hospital spokeswoman says she had surgeries over the weekend and was getting better. However, she was still unconscious Sunday and does not know that her son died.
The Bresettes, a family of seven, took a weeklong vacation in Destin, Fla., and were about to fly home to Overland Park, Kansas, when the sign fell.
The family from Kansas City were all taken to the hospital where ten-year-old-Luke Bresette later died from his injuries. The accident occurred in the terminal's pre-security area, and several people had to jump in to hoist the sign off the family, according to Birmingham Fire and Rescue officials.
"A little bit of chaos because people were scrambling trying to help," said Chief Donald Jones, Birmingham Fire and Rescue.
It took several men to lift the sign. Engineers and fire investigators are still looking into what caused it to fall.
The incident caught many off guard since the terminal only opened 16 days ago. An identical sign was removed while authorities investigate.