Awning collapse injures students
Twenty-five students and adults were injured at North Iredell High on Saturday, including three with life-threatening injures, after concrete from an overhang roof fell on them following a truck accident, authorities said.
The injured were all from South Iredell High in Troutman and were attending an annual band competition at North Iredell, Iredell-Statesville Schools Superintendent Brady Johnson said.
According to officials, 25 people were taken to hospitals but their names and conditions have not been released yet, reported WBTV, the Observer’s news partner.
A truck struck a beam supporting the overhang roof at the main entrance of the school, Johnson said. Several of the injured were trapped by the concrete and had to be freed by rescue crews, Johnson said.
It was not immediately known what caused the truck to strike the building or whether the wet weather was a factor.
The injured were walking into the main entrance of the school when the concrete toppled onto them from an overhanging roof, Johnson said.
The collapse happened about 2:15 p.m. when a Ryder rental truck pulled up to the school and struck the beam, Johnson said.
One of the injured students was taken to the trauma center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, while everyone else was taken to local hospitals, Iredell County Medical Director Howard Mell said.
Sixteen schools were scheduled to be in the competition, but eight canceled due to the weather, Johnson said. Only groups from North Iredell, South Iredell, Statesville and Lake Norman high schools were on the campus when the roof collapsed, he said.
North Iredell High is about 50 miles north of Charlotte.