EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 31 Posted (14 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 402 times:
A dance floor in a reception hall collapsed, killing many and trapping more. I saw a home video of it on the news and it looked horrific. Everyone was dancing and then suddenly the floor opened up and took everyone else with it. All you could hear was the people screaming but you couldn't actually see down.
From what i have heard they fell through the second floor down onto the ground. Apparently the building was shoddy construction, and to make the dance floor bigger they took some supports which made it weak. A maintenance officer warned not to let the reception go ahead but the organizers ignored him.
My heart felt appologies to the familys of the ones who perished, and who survived.
Climbout From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 351 times:
Did anyone catch the video? I saw it on the news and it was the most horrifying thing I have every seen. One minute you see 300 people dancing and the next thing you know, they disappear into a large hole. It was so scary to watch that. I saw it on the channel 9 news. My heart sank! God help those people.
CVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (14 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 314 times:
Last I heard there were 24 dead and there are still 50 people missing in the rubble. Over 300 were injured.
That video was one of the the most horrifying things I have ever seen on the news. I was sitting in shock for about ten minutes just looking at the TV after that. I still can't get over it. God help those involved, and those that survived to get through this event.
SJCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 579 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (14 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 294 times:
I was watching the news and that story came on tonight. They showed the footage of the floor open up. You could actually see the looks on the people having fun and a second later their faces are full of terror and they fall into a black hole, I guess it was 3 stories down to the basement the news caster said. I saw it again on the news and it makes me sick to watch it. Amazing what shit happens around this world...
VirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (14 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 241 times:
I hope that those responsible for this will get the maximum. So far 7 have been arrested. The ownwer, The contractor that removed the pillar, The workers who did the dee as well. They should be charged with murder. They damn well know on what happens when you remove a foundation and then years later people fall through and get killed.
737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 35
Reply 19, posted (14 years 8 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 206 times:
Dateline did an update on the story tonight. It was the first time that I had seen the video. I was sitting there with the sound very low and when I saw the floor collapse, I couldn't believe my eyes. It was that shocking.
My prayers will be with all of the families involved.
LoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4028 posts, RR: 30
Reply 20, posted (14 years 8 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 201 times:
Not only was it scary to see all the people fall, it was also scary to see the reactions of some of the other people who were left on the 3rd floor on parts of the floor that didn't collapse. It was like they didn't know what to do. They'd run for the exits and then they'd run back and peer down into the hole looking for loved ones.
BTW, heard that the bride and groom both survived, alhough the bride will have to undergo surgery. I believe the news report said her hips were crushed.