Airport Sign Kills 10-Year Old Boy & Mom Still Hasn’t Been Told of His Death

airport sign fellAn airport sign in Alabama fell on a mother and her three young sons, crushing one 10-year-old to death and severely injuring both the mother and her two other young sons. It's the kind of tragedy that keeps us up at night because there is nothing that could have been done to prevent it.

Or is there? The reality is, this sign shouldn't have fallen. We can say "oh mistakes happen," but that would be a giant lie. A 300-pound sign shouldn't fall onto a family. A woman shouldn't have to wake up from surgery to hear that one of her beloved sons didn't make it.

Something at this airport was very, very wrong. A similar sign has now been taken down, but obviously, it was done far too late to help this family.

This sign could have fallen down at 3 a.m. when no one was near. It could have fallen at 6 a.m. just after people passed under it. But it didn't. It fell on a family as they stood beneath it.

This is awful and the absolute last way anyone expects to lose a child. We protect ourselves from so much, take vitamins, work out, don't smoke. And yet, an airport sign can come down on your head. Who would have ever imagined this was possible?

The next step is probably a lawsuit, though this is my own conjecture. How could they not sue? In this case, a lawsuit may actually stop things like this in the future. There was something faulty in the way that sign was installed. There had to be. Unless there was an earthquake or some other natural disaster, that sign wasn't installed well.

Isn't that manslaughter? Perhaps people who install signs don't think of themselves as doing life or death work. But I guess this goes to show us that maybe all of us are at any time. All of our work, no matter how mundane it might feel, could really hurt people. Or help people. We pass by signs that stay up every day and think nothing of them. It's not until one falls that we really think about the dangers that could possibly lurk around every corner.

My heart aches for this family. They were just trying to have a vacation and this happens. It's a nightmare scenario for any parent.

Do you think the airport is at fault for this?

 

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LostS... LostSoul88

Yes they are at fault. They should check 3-5 times to make sure something liek that is secured correctly. Cheap labor equals cheap work. They probably choose cheap labor to save on cost and didn't bother checking it to see if it was secured correctly. 

jalaz77 jalaz77

Yes but this is a freak accident. How often do you hear about things like this happening? Never. Someone probably cut corners making this sign unsafe. Still so damn sad. No one should of died. Poor family. I am sure mom knows by now or that would make you a crappy person for writing about this.

abra819 abra819

yes, I would sue the SHITE out of them

nonmember avatar guest

jalaz77 before you go calling someone a terrible person, perhaps YOU should do some research. I read on another news site this morning that the mother does not know because she's been unconscious and in and out of surgery.

jalaz77 jalaz77

Um guest...so everyone else gets to hear it before the mom, non family members? It has nothing to do with research lady, I kind of figured that she doesn't know about this because of surgery and anethesia mixed, I don't need to do research to know that. I was hoping by now the mom had been told. So I rest my case, no one should be writting about this until the mom has been told. Its all about who gets the story out first.

Fondue Fondue

Um Jalaz, this story was reported a few days ago in the mainstream media.  This author wasn't giving information that wasn't already out there.

femal... femaleMIKE

This title should be changed to match the story.  It was written 2 hours ago.

nonmember avatar Kristi

You would sue because "a lawsuit may actually stop things like this in the future" How do you figure that? Do lawsuits grant psychic abilities now? Do you think that the company installed the sign knowing it was going to fall? Give.Me.A. BREAK!

nonmember avatar Karen

I feel like the focus of this story should be on the fact that a poor family has suffered such a devastating loss and has several members dealing with injuries. Rather, in typical fashion we go straight to "who can we sue". Not that I believe a law suit is out of the question, I just can't help but notice that our grief is almost immediately replaced with lawsuits, so often.

jalaz77 jalaz77

It still is terrible that others have to jump on the "mainstream media". Sad some of you think it's ok.

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