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

The Wayne County Schools superintendent said six students and three adults were taken for medical attention after Saturday’s collapse, none appearing to be in danger.
/ Source: Associated Press

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

Superintendent of Wayne County Schools Todd Alexander told broadcast outlet WCHS-TV that six students and three adults were taken for medical attention after Saturday’s collapse though none appear to be in danger.

“Looks like everyone’s going to be fine,” Alexander said without elaborating on the extent of the injuries. “We’re extremely grateful for that.”

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

Five people were inside the press box at Wayne County High School when the floor gave way while several others were beneath it on Saturday, the county school district said in a statement.

A middle school softball tournament was being held at the time, according to reports.

Alexander told the news outlet that the collapse is under investigation, and inspectors are expected to examine the site on Monday.

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