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6 students taken to hospital after press box collapses during softball game in West Virginia


WAYNE, W.Va. — A partial collapse of a press floor at a school softball tournament in West Virginia sent nine people to the hospital over the weekend, but none of the injuries appeared life-threatening, authorities said.

Wayne County Schools Superintendent Todd Alexander told WCHS-TV that six students and three adults were taken for medical attention after Saturday’s collapse, although none appeared to be in good health. hazard.

“Looks like everyone is fine,” Alexander said without giving details on the extent of the injuries. “We are extremely grateful for that.”

A press box collapsed during a softball game in Wayne, W.Va., on April 29, 2023.
A press box collapsed during a softball game in Wayne, W.Va., on April 29.WSAZ

Five people were inside the press box at Wayne County High School when the ground caved in while several others were below on Saturday, the county school district said in a statement.

A college softball tournament was taking place at the time, according to reports.

Alexander told the media that the collapse was under investigation and inspectors were expected to examine the site on Monday.

Wayne is in southwestern West Virginia, about 165 miles southeast of Cincinnati.

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