Dozens hurt in floor collapse at B.C. church concert
A giant hole can be seen in the floor of Abbotsford’s Central Heights Church in Abbotsford, B.C.
ABBOTSFORD, British Columbia (AP) – Dozens of people were injured when the floor of a church collapsed during a rock concert in the British Columbia community of Abbotsford, just across the Canadian border from Sumas, Wash.
A mostly teenage audience of about 1,000 had gathered to watch a popular Christian rock band Friday night, when people were sent falling several yards into the basement at Central Heights Church.
Seconds later, the large lighting and sound system toppled over onto audience members as the wood beneath it gave way.
The local health authority says more than 40 people were treated at hospitals for injuries that included bruises and broken bones.
Two people were transported to hospitals in Vancouver, and police confirmed one of them, a 41-year-old woman, suffered critical injuries.
Police said Saturday it was too early to speculate about what caused the collapse.
The church’s head pastor, Chris Douglas says the concert by the band Starfield was organized by a private promoter, and similar events have been held at the church without any problems.
Story Published: Apr 26, 2008 at 6:34 PM PDT
By Associated Press
As you may have heard by now, there was a serious accident at our concert last night, and many young people were injured. At this moment, we are consumed with concern and compassion for those who were injured, especially for those who were described to be in serious condition. Our hearts are with them. We ask that you join us in prayer for them. As a less important side note, none of the members of our tour were injured in the accident. The band would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of encouragement and support that we are receiving.