Floor at a Mississippi Church Collapses, at least 35 Injured
The second floor of an activity center at a Mississippi church collapsed, sending about 70 people tumbling down and injuring 35.
While none of the injuries were life-threatening, some did required hospitalization. Students ranging between the 7th and 12th grade were all reunited with their parents afterward.
About the Mississippi Church Collapse
“Everybody heard it. The floor started crumbling and waving. People started falling through the ceiling, just like you’d see in a movie.” – Witness Tori Hodge as published by FOX News
Pastor Tommy Davis at Freedom Baptist Church in Myrick, Mississippi revealed to the Chronicle in Laurel, that the second floor of the activity center collapsed during an evening youth worship service Wednesday evening.
Spokeswoman for the Jones County Fire Council Linda Crawford confirmed that 35 people were hurt. A 16 year old girl suffered a head injury, and she was taken to a hospital in Hattiesburg. 19 others were taken to a local hospital closer to the church.
Authorities said most of those hurt were released with injuries including scrapes, cuts, and some broken bones. Several others were treated on church grounds and needed no further medical treatment.
There is no immediate report on what caused the collapse of the floor, but Davis praised the leaders of the worship service for their quick response and action in restoring the calm.
Cause of the Collapse Unconfirmed
- Authorities have not yet determined what caused the floor to collapse.
- According to witness reports, however, there was a loud rumble preceding the collapse.
- Investigations are set to continue.