Freak Accident As Airport Sign Falls On Family, Kills Child In Alabama (+video)

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One of four children injured when a Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport flight information sign fell on a family today has died.

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office confirmed they received a call a short time ago from Children’s Of Alabama. Deputy Coroner Derrick Perryman identified the child as Luke Bresette, age 10. He was pronounced dead at Children’s of Alabama at 2:26 p.m.

Perryman said it’s unclear where the family lives. Preliminary information is that they were on a layover in Birmingham and were to catch a connecting flight.

The boy’s mother, Heather Bresette, is listed in critical condition at UAB Hospital, according a hospital spokeswoman. Bresette and her four children were trapped under the sign when it toppled on top of them just after 1:30 p.m. today in the newly-renovated terminal. All four children were taken to Children’s of Alabama. Their father was not injured.

Birmingham Mayor William Bell moments ago issued this statement: “I have offered our full support to the Airport Authority as they investigate what has occurred this afternoon. I have asked our public safety staff to assist this family in their time of need in any way possible as they grapple with what has happened.”

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