Accidents > Saturday, May-23-2009

34 Students Injured In Grate Collapse at NYC Orthodox Girl School

BROOKLYN, NY [CHN]  Dozens of private school students were gathered for a class photo atop a grate when it gave way Friday, sending them plummeting 12 feet to the concrete below and injuring 34, fire officials said.

All but five of the students at the Yeshiva Shaare Torah in Brooklyn were taken to hospitals. One girl suffered serious bone fractures, fire department officials said. The other injuries were minor.

"A lot of girls fell on top of me but I just like crawled under them and climbed up out of there," said Michelle Massre, one of the students who fell.

The girls, ages 10 to 14, were lined up for an end-of-the-year photo in front of the building and were standing on a sidewalk window well grate when it gave way. Emergency crews went through basement windows to reach the injured students, who fell among metal pipes, the FDNY said. A temporary fence was set up around the area until the grate could be repaired.

"It was chaos, everybody was crying, scared, but everybody was OK in the end," said Ari Clar, an Hatzalah member who responded the scene.

The Buildings Department said the bolts attached to the grate were worn, causing the accident, and said crews were investigating.

The school was issued a violation for failing to maintain the structure and may be fined, but it wasn't immediately clear how much. School officials declined to comment.

The school is ultra-Orthodox Jewish with about 260 students in grades one through eight.

A very special thanks to the great response of Hatzalah, FDNY, NYPD, Borough Park and Flatbush Shomrim.


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HUH?

what's a grate?????
posted by Guest at Sunday, May-24-2009 8:10pm

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AD MOSAAAAAAAI
posted by Guest at Sunday, May-24-2009 6:44pm

ME

howcome there arent any laidies in hotlotzah....?????????????????????????????????????????? They cud be good as well aspeshilly for this thing.....
posted by Guest at Sunday, May-24-2009 6:42pm

MMM

...........THANKS G-D WE HAVE HATZOLAH IN AMERICA. AND THEY DO ALL THEIR WORK FOR FREE. GREAT KIDUSH HASHEM AND FOR THE CROWN HEIHGTS MEMBERS THATS A KIDUSH CROWN HEIGHTS. KEEP UP THE GR8 WORK GUYS.
posted by Guest at Sunday, May-24-2009 6:39pm

'tznius.'

Soem pixtures may b slightly not in the spirit of tznius.
posted by Guest at Sunday, May-24-2009 6:28pm

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Boruch Hashem another miracle from Hakodosh Boruch Hu - just next time make it a little stronger or aim for sstanding on the sidewalk.
posted by Guest at Sunday, May-24-2009 6:17pm

malky;

I heard all about it now I get to see what actually happened...moshiach now.
posted by Guest at Sunday, May-24-2009 11:43am

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Rachmono Litzlan. Baruch hashem no body got hurt real bad.
posted by Guest at Sunday, May-24-2009 4:26am

impressed

living in the neighborhood, i was in bed that morning, n actually woke up from all the noises-the entire time from all the firetrucks, police, n hatzalas.... i was getting such a headache..... but just shows how much help came.....which is amazing...
posted by Guest at Saturday, May-23-2009 11:47pm

oy

Great pics, hopefully next time for good things.
posted by Guest at Saturday, May-23-2009 11:20pm

Ch Hatzalah fan

Always see those 3 Crown Heights Hatzalah guys running around on calls, Kol Hakovod and they should be blessed
posted by Guest at Saturday, May-23-2009 11:10pm

The Brain Man

They were probably jumping up and down and thats what caused it to fall.
posted by Guest at Saturday, May-23-2009 10:17pm

WOW

Such a big response. where was the school's brains, i always avoid walking on the grates they have above the subway line.
posted by Guest at Saturday, May-23-2009 10:15pm

fan

go hatzolah go!
posted by Guest at Saturday, May-23-2009 10:08pm

parent

the school should have never done that. thank god no one died and everyone is alive. this is a miracle from above.
posted by Guest at Saturday, May-23-2009 9:58pm

!!!!!!!!!!

JJJJJJJJJJJJJ Kaaaaatz; all the way from Crown Heights.
posted by Guest at Saturday, May-23-2009 9:50pm

yay.

.jerry rosenberg to the rescue...
posted by Guest at Saturday, May-23-2009 9:47pm

abc

wow. this is a crazy scene. ive never seen something like before.
posted by Guest at Saturday, May-23-2009 9:45pm

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

ROBI LEDERMAN & IZZY ROSENBERG KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!!
posted by Guest at Saturday, May-23-2009 9:40pm

WOOOOOOOOOOOW

SOOOOO MANY HATZOLH PPL AND POLICE AND FIRE MAN. DID ANY 1 DYE?
posted by Guest at Saturday, May-23-2009 9:25pm

chaim

crown heights hatzolo always there to help. thank u
posted by Guest at Saturday, May-23-2009 9:19pm

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..refuah shelema
posted by Guest at Saturday, May-23-2009 9:15pm

Fellow Ch Hatzalah Member

JJ Menachem Yitzchok looking busy.!
posted by Guest at Saturday, May-23-2009 9:09pm

ch.ch fan

very nice pic keep it up
posted by Guest at Saturday, May-23-2009 9:08pm

chani

OMG. Hpe everyone is OK.
posted by Guest at Saturday, May-23-2009 9:06pm

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