Fire department updates public on Westfield High School incident


Students were performing the last song of the play “American Pie” to a sold out audience of approximately 900 when a portion of the stage they were performing on collapsed. There were 75 performers and 50 staff for the show. Numerous students fell and were injured. There were 6 students transported by ambulance to area hospitals as well as 10 students which were transported by parents or self-transported to area hospitals. There was one serious injury which was admitted in stable condition all others were minor orthopedic injuries.

Emergency crews from 12 agencies responded to the stage collapse at the Westfield High School. Many of the injured students had been removed by parents and other students from the collapse area by the time emergency crews arrived. All of the agencies that responded worked together to provide treatment and transport for the injured. Police agencies that responded to assist Westfield Police Department were able to keep access open for emergency traffic and provide scene control.

Investigators will be on scene today to begin the process of trying to determine the chain of events that led to the stage collapse. Westfield High School officials are working with the Westfield Police Department to provide any information needed for the investigation.

Westfield High School is in session today on the normal schedule with support available for students.

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