Latest On Roof Collapse At Cowboys Training Facility

Ten people were transported to the hospital and two more were treated as walk-ins after the Cowboys’ indoor facility collapsed today, according to Irving assistant fire chief Rusty Wilson.

At least two of the injuries are considered serious. No further information was released due to privacy laws.

Dallas Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis was among those injured when the roof of the team’s practice facility collapsed during a storm.

Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple said four team support staff members were injured and all players and coaches were accounted for. He didn’t know the extent of the injuries of the four, who he said were hospitalized.

Assistant coach Brett Maxie suffered a laceration on his leg, a source told ESPN.com’s Matt Mosley.

DeCamillis was seen putting on a neck brace and being taken out of the team’s main office building on a stretcher.

Team scout Chris Hall suffered multiple arm injuries after being trapped underneath the frame, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

The roof came down at about 4:30 p.m. ET during a severe thunderstorm while the team was going through the second day of a three-day rookie mini-camp. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, in a TV interview from the Kentucky Derby, said 27 rookies were going through the workout.

Witnesses said lights started flickering and shaking minutes before the collapse, prompting players, coaches, staff members and reporters to vacate the building. Several people were trying to exit the facility as the roof came down.

The storm was producing winds measured at 64 mph just before it struck the Cowboys facility, said National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Harris in Fort Worth.

A witness on the scene told Mosley that players and coaches raced back into the facility to try and locate people that may have been trapped. Coach Wade Phillips directed emergency crews to at least three trapped people, according to the Star-Telegram.

Dalrymple said rescue personnel were still going through the debris to make sure everyone was accounted for.

Irving fire-rescue officials ordered all reporters and team personnel away from the immediate area.

The roof is a large air-supported canopy with aluminum frames covering a regulation 100-yard football field.

Our prayers go out to everyone involved and we hope for a speedy recovery for those who were injured.

Comments
  1. chris

    you can see some raw video from WFAA in dallas here
    http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/05/02/cowboys.practice.field.collapse/index.html#cnnSTCVideo

  2. chris

    forgot my last post sorry they just posted the same video here on the site.