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Railing collapse at Sycamore football game

Railing collapse at Sycamore football game causes injuries
Aug. 30, 2013

Police and emergency responders were called to Sycamore Junior High School Friday night after receiving reports that a railing on bleachers collapsed near the football field.

Hamilton County’s emergency communications center received a call about the incident at 8:43 p.m. and several people were reportedly injured during the collapse. The number of injuries sustained is unclear. However, all students injured have been released from medical care.

The collapse happened as the school hosted a football game between Sycamore High School and Walnut Hills High School. The game resumed in the third quarter with Sycamore leading 41-0. They won the game 41-7.

A Montgomery Fire Department lieutenant said two girls were transported to Bethesda North Hospital Friday night after being injured when a fence in front of the student section at Sycamore Stadium collapsed at the end of the first half of the Sycamore-Walnut Hills football game.

One girl was strapped to a backboard as a precautionary measure before being taken to the hospital, Montgomery Fire Department Lieutenant Patrick Morgan said. Another girl was transported with an ice bag on her left knee.

It appeared that there were fewer than 10 injuries.

“They were all minor injuries,” Morgan said. “We’re transporting two.”

The fence was located about five feet above a sidewalk adjacent to the running track around the football field.

WLWT-TV 5 posted a video on its website showing students cheering at a nearby video camera and leaning on and over the railing during the game. The railing then appeared to give way and several students fell off the bleachers.

Sycamore Community Schools Chief Information Officer Erika Daggett said the school’s field and bleachers were last inspected Nov. 15, but said another one is now needed.

“Our facilities manager is contacting Tristate Sports to conduct another inspection, Daggett said.

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