ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA (WAFB) An obstacle at the Warrior Dash in St. Francisville collapsed on Saturday, October 8, injuring at least 20 people.
The Acadian Ambulance Operations Manager says 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.
The obstacle that collapsed is called the “Diesel Dome” and is described by warriordash.com as a “30×50 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.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the incident. They arrived on the scene shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning was on the scene and says the investigation is in the very early stages, but it appears there were too many people on the obstacle when it collapsed.
Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mark Garber ran in the Warrior Dash earlier today along with other members of the Sheriff’s Office in support of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
KLFY spoke with John Mowell, the Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer, who said that Sheriff Garber and other staff members had completed the “Diesel Dome” obstacle before the crash occurred.
Mowell concluded that Sheriff Garber offered his thoughts and prayers to those who were injured.