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The injuries suffered by an Indiana high school student hurt along with more than a dozen others during a stage collapse are less serious than initially feared, officials said a day after the accident.
The 16-year-old Westfield High School student was first described as being in critical condition, but her condition was upgraded Friday, Westfield Police Capt. Charles Hollowell said. "I'm happy to say that person is doing really well, and everything right now as far as the injures are concerned were minor injuries," Hollowell said.
NBC station WTHR reported the student suffered bruising to her face when she struck a beam during the collapse, and is being treated at a hospital. The other students are recovering at home.
A total of 16 students were hurt when a covering gave way at around 10 p.m. while approximately 75 students were on stage during a rock concert performance Thursday night, officials said. The 16-year-old was the most seriously injured, and the other 15 suffered "minor orthopedic injuries," the Westfield Fire Department said.
The covering over the front of the stage collapsed as students danced to the Journey rock anthem "Don’t Stop Believin'" in the finale of the rock concert, "American Pie."
"We were relieved beyond words that no loss of life or serious injuries occurred during the stage collapse at Westfield High School last evening," Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said in a statement.
Westfield Washington Schools Superintendent Dr. Mark Keen said the investigation into why the stage collapsed is expected to take two weeks.