In the St. Boniface neighborhood of Winnipeg, 18 people including 17 children were transported to the hospital on Wednesday after many of them fell about five meters from an elevated walkway at Fort Gibraltar.
The incident occurred just before 10 a.m., according to assistant chief of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Jason Shaw. He claimed that while the other patients were in stable condition, three of the kids were admitted to the hospital in an unstable state.
The kids, who were on a field trip, are 10- and 11-year-old students from St. John’s-Ravenscourt School, the school stated in a statement.
The field trip included three classes of Grade 5 kids, according to 10-year-old Tameem Aljafari. He guessed that when it collapsed, roughly 30 people were on a walkway there.
He explained to reporters outside Winnipeg’s Children’s Hospital that “randomly, it just started cracking when we were on it.”
When the walkway crumbled, a teacher and two children were underneath, he claimed.
Aljafari reported having scrapes, but claimed that those who were underneath the sidewalk had more severe wounds.