Construction company releases statement on fatal sign collapse - CBS46 News

Construction company releases statement on fatal sign collapse

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (CBS46/AP) -

A sign at the Birmingham airport fell on a family Friday, killing a 10-year-old boy and injuring other family members.

Deputy coroner Derrick Perryman said 10-year-old Luke Bresette was pronounced dead at Children's Hospital of Alabama.

Two other children were being treated there, and the mother, Heather Bresette, was taken to University Hospital. Heather Bresette is in critical condition.

Firefighters estimated the arrival-departure sign, which was in the pre-security area of the airport, weighed 300 to 400 pounds. It took eight to 10 bystanders to lift the collapsed sign off the victims.

The airport completed the first phase of a more than $201 million modernization effort and opened newly renovated concourses last week.

Birmingham-based construction company Brasfield & Gorrie was contracted to do the renovations. It, along with joint venture partner BLOC, acted as the contruction manager at risk on the project, according to Brasfield & Gorrie's website. The project expanded the existing airport to three concourses with 23 gates, including two international gates.

Sunday, the company released the following statement on its website:

"Special Statement Regarding Incident at Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport

"Brasfield & Gorrie is diligently working with authorities at Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport to assess the situation that occurred Friday, March 22, in which several people were injured, one fatally, after a flight information sign fell in the newly renovated terminal.

"We are deeply sorrowful that a life was lost, and we are prayerful that the injured individuals will recover. This is a terrible tragedy that none of us fully understand, and we hope that the family who has lost their loved one will find strength through prayer and the support of all of us. 

"Our entire corporate family extends its deepest sympathies to the family affected and will support them in any way we can. 

"We are keeping the family in our prayers."

An airport spokeswoman said investigators haven't said why the board collapsed.

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