Entire Family Injured by Airport Sign, One Child Dies

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Recently, some of the worst disasters during family vacations have occurred, but none of them were as uncontrollable and bizarre as the latest tragic incident at a local airport.

According to the Huffington Post, a 300-pound flight information sign at the newly renovated Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Alabama, fell on Heather Bresette and three of her five children  Friday afternoon, March 22, 2013.  The impact of the sign killed her 10-year-old son, Luke.

It is heart wrenching just thinking about Heather Bresette.  At the time of the report, she was still unconscious in intensive care and does not know that she has lost her middle child, Luke.  During their vacation, they spent memorable moments parasailing and swimming in the Gulf of Mexico.

It took six people to lift the sign off of the family as well as a dozen to keep it up, so that first responders could pull them out and get them to a hospital.  According to the report:

“The renovated concourse opened March 13. It was part of an ongoing $200 million upgrade of Birmingham’s airport. The construction began in June 2011 and is being overseen by Brasfield & Gorrie Global Services Group.”

So far there is no explanation from the company as to how this terrible accident could occur.

Read more here.

-J.C. Brooks

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