Laurel, MS, United States (4E) – The second floor of a rural Mississippi church’s activity center collapsed Wednesday evening injuring 35 young worshippers.
The floor at the Family Life Center of the Freedom Baptist Church in Myrick fell 12 feet sending 70 7th and 12th grade students crashing down to the gym floor, according to Pastor Tommy Davis.
Nineteen of the injured were triaged at the scene while 16 were taken to area hospitals. None suffered life-threatening injuries.
Survivors said they heard a rumbling sound before the floor collapsed. Panic ensued but leaders of the worship service immediately calmed down the students.
Emergency crews went to the scene and checked the shaken students for injuries before parents picked them up.