17 students are reported to have been injured in a horrific stage collapse that occurred during a show at an Indiana high school last night. At least one person is critically injured.
According to Gawker, the students were doing a performance of the musical American Pie, when the stage gave out, sending around two dozen students into the orchestra pit below.
“St. Vincent reported three patients at its Indianapolis location and ten at its Carmel hospital. Five patients who are 18 years old are in good condition; the conditions of eight patients under 18 are unknown (due to privacy regulations). Several of those at the Carmel location have “orthopedic-type” injuries. They are not expected to be life-threatening.
Two patients went to the Riverview Health Emergency Department on their own and are currently being evaluated for their injuries. IU North treated one patient, who has been released.
One student tweeted that he was released with a concussion.”
“We have some seriously injured people,” a fire chief told the Indy Star. “Not one hospital is going to be able to handle this many patients.”
“Some parents rushed the stage area,” said Mandi McKinley Brown, who was in the auditorium. “Most of us stayed in our seats to stay out of the way. People were lifting large pieces of the stage out of the pit from on top of the kids.”
You can see video footage of the incident below: