Obstacle collapses at Warrior Dash, at least 20 people injured

Obstacle collapses at Warrior Dash, at least 20 people injured
Source: Rebecca Gaillot, Facebook
Source: Rebecca Gaillot, Facebook
The Diesel Dome (Source: Warriordash.com)
The Diesel Dome (Source: Warriordash.com)
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA (WAFB) - An obstacle at the Warrior Dash in St. Francisville collapsed around 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, injuring at least 20 people.

The Acadian Ambulance Operations Manager said 11 people were transported to local hospitals while many others traveled to the hospital in their own vehicles. Multiple EMS teams, including West Feliciana EMS, Acadian Airmed, and AirEvac Lifeteam responded with multiple helicopters and ambulances.

A total of three patients were airlifted with potentially serious injuries.

"They're not critical at this point, but they are serious. Our hopes are that they will all recover and be released from the hospital in a very short time," said State Fire Marshal Butch Browning.

Browning said his office is taking the lead on the investigation, which he says is in its early stages.

"It's clear that the structure collapsed because it was obviously overweight for what condition it was in, so we're betting that right now, just to specifically see what this structure was engineered for," Browning added.

The obstacle that collapsed is called the "Diesel Dome" and is described by warriordash.com as a "30x50 wooden dome with views of the ground that will ignite your vertigo."

Lauren King, director of public relations at Warrior Dash released the following statement regarding the incident:

Our thoughts are with the injured participants and their families. The safety and security of our racers and spectators are paramount at our events. We are currently evaluating the situation and working with local authorities.

Investigators are still working to determine if the structure was built properly and to see what other factors, if any, may have led to the collapse.

"Our job is to determine the facts and document the facts. We take that job very seriously and we'll work really hard to do that in the most expert manner we can do," Browning said.

The investigation is expected to continue for the next several days.

Copyright 2016 WAFB. All rights reserved.