A 10-year-old boy is dead, his mother in critical condition and three siblings are injured after a large sign fell on them in the new terminal at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport this afternoon.
"It sad. It's very sad," said Connie Deramus, who frequently travels from the airport.
Toni Herrera-Bast, spokesperson for the Birmingham Airport Authority says the incident happened on the northeast side of the building around 1:30 p.m.
Birmingham Fire and Rescue officials estimate the sign weighs between 300 to 400 pounds and it took several people to lift flight display board off the family.
The mother, Heather Bresette, was transported to the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, and the four children were transported to Children's Hospital. Luke Bresette, 10, was pronounced dead this afternoon according to the Jefferson County Coroner.
The airport authority is investigating what caused the display to collapse.
We learned from our NBC affiliate in Kansas City, Missouri the family is from that area and were traveling from Florida while on spring break.
"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," said Birmingham Mayor William Bell.
The terminal where the incident occurred opened weeks ago.
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