Airport Sign Kills 10-Year-Old Boy at Birmingham International

Published:3:15 am EDT, March 23, 2013| Updated:10:42 am EDT, September 20, 2013|
Alabama, Alabama-Shuttlesworth Internation Airport

People hold up a display board that fell and killed a 10-year-old boy.

A 10-year-old boy was killed at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Alabama on Friday after an electronic display board fell on him and his family, reports The Kansas City Star.

Luke Bresette of Overland Park, Kansas was standing with his family in front of the flight information board, estimated to be between 300 and 400 pounds, when it came loose from the wall and crashed down on him, his mother and two siblings around 1:30 p.m. local time.

“The whole thing flipped down on those kids,” Albert Osorio, who was nearby when the board fell down, said. “It took all of us here to stand it back up. Everybody started screaming.”

The boy was pronounced dead and the other three were taken to a local hospital. Luke's mother, Heather Bresette, suffered from broken ankles and a fractured pelvis. His brother, Sam Bresette, 8, had a broken leg and nose while Tyler Bresette, 5, had a concussion.

The children's father and a third brother were also with the family, but were not injured.

“He was a beautiful boy,” uncle Alex Bresette said. “He was great in school. He was bright and inquisitive.”

The family was returning from a trip to Destin, Florida.

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