Today we have some very sad and shocking news to share with you. Many students fall from about 20 feet at Fort Gibraltar in Winnipeg. A total of 18 people were hospitalized. During a school field trip, a raised platform at Fort Gibraltar, a famous historical landmark in Winnipeg, collapsed, resulting in the hospitalization of 17 children and one adult. Reporter Melissa Ridgen talks about what some students say they went through, what happened to those who were taken to the hospital, and anxious moments for parents.
Accident at Winnipeg Fort Gibraltar
The elevated platform that collapsed at Fort Gibraltar in St. Boniface during a field trip for students from St. John’s-Ravenscourt in Winnipeg, injuring seventeen children and one adult. According to Jay Shaw, deputy chief of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, three of the 18 patients who were hospitalized Wednesday morning were in unstable condition when they were transported there. The school group, made up of boys ages 10 and 11, said they fell about 20 feet from a wooden platform inside the building, according to Shaw, who said they were called to the fort in Whittier Park shortly before 10 a.m.
Only one child is expected to spend the night for observation after orthopedic surgery, according to Dr. Karen Gripp, medical director of the Children’s Hospital emergency department, who spoke to reporters Wednesday afternoon. Most of the children have been processed and will be released during the day. According to Gripp, none of the students’ injuries were serious or life-threatening, but they could have been “much, much worse.” Tameem Aljafari, a student at SJR, told Global News that the bridge fell as he and about 30 of his colleagues were crossing it at the fortress. EMS loaded most of the casualties into ambulances, but Tameem was uninjured.
Bystander Chantel Craig said she saw the children being treated and transferred to ambulances, while the main ambulance took other children from the scene. According to SJR, a group of fifth grade students participated in the incident. “An event occurred that required emergency services to take 17 members of the SJR community to hospital. We reached out to their families and parents,” said school principal Jim Keefe. The students and adults who were not injured returned to the school where they were treated, according to Keefe. Parents were invited to arrange for the children to be picked up. So this was all about this case. So, follow the PKB news.