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Airport sign falls, killing 10-year-old

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A woman and two of her sons were recovering at hospitals Sunday after a flight information billboard fell on the family at an airport in Alabama, killing a third son.

The electronic board, weighing at least 300 pounds, fell Friday at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.

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Heather Bresette sustained broken ankles and a crushed pelvis. She was improving ­after operations, officials said.

Bresette was still unconscious in intensive care Sunday at University Hospital.

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She did not know that her 10-year-old son, Luke, had died.

The Bresettes, a family of seven, took a weeklong vacation in Destin, Fla., and were about to fly home to Overland Park, Kan.

Tyler Bressette, 5, suffered a concussion; he was released from Children’s Hospital of Alabama on Sunday.

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His 8-year-old brother, Sam, was still hospitalized there with a broken leg and nose.

Luke was the middle child of the five.

The father, Ryan Bresette, and another son and daughter were at the airport but not injured.

Airport officials were still trying to determine why the panel fell and took down an identical sign on Saturday.

The panel was in a recently renovated terminal that includes two concourses.

The new concourse, which opened March 13, was part of an ongoing $201.6 million upgrade of Birmingham’s airport.

Mayor William Bell said he talked with the boy’s father and is pressing officials to explain how the sign toppled over.

Airport officials would not elaborate on other safety measures being taken.

Associated Press

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