8.25.2009

Freakish Death in Bridgeport

Photo copyright Wise County Messenger and Joe Duty. Posted while they have temporary web site issues. Thanks guys.
Channel 11 Website
Location of incident through Google Street View
Edit -- From the comments at 5:15 pm: I just walked over to Halsell Street in Bridgeport, one block from my office and apparently an awning fell on two teenage girls that were doing cross training and both were trapped and one unfortunately did not make it. I will issue more updates as I... find out more information. Debris was scattered half way across the street and part of the building actually came off as well. There was a burgundy SUV trapped under the debris also. I have my camera with me at work, but didn't take it, but I'll be walking back over there in just a couple of minutes and I will see if I can get some photos for all my wise county friends. You will not believe it when you see it. It is bad, please pray for the families and friends of those involved in this horrific accident. Edit: The two girls were cross country training running downtown. Edit -- From the comments: "A grisly scene unfolded in downtown Bridgeport today as an awning collapsed on two high school seniors walking down the sidewalk. The impact killed one of the girls. The other girl sustained serious injuries and was transported to John Peter Smith in... Fort Worth. The freak tragedy occurred in front of Club Barbell on Halsell Street. A spokesperson with the city of Bridgeport said they don’t know why the awning fell." -Wise County Messenger (WCMessenger site is down currently due to issues with the webhost) Any photos to blog2@wisecounty.com

79 comments:

Anonymous said...

No updates yet.

Not so Wise in the County said...

just got a call from high school daughter confirming one did not make it.

Anonymous said...

its on the wcm web site. you guys are slow round here

Anonymous said...

I just walked over to Halsell Street in Bridgeport, one block from my office and apparently an awning fell on two teenage girls that were doing cross training and both were trapped and one unfortunately did not make it. I will issue more updates as I... find out more information. Debris was scattered half way across the street and part of the building actually came off as well. The
There was a burgundy SUV trapped under the debris also. I have my camera with me at work, but didn't take it, but I'll be walking back over there in just a couple of minutes and I will see if I can get some photos for all my wise county fr...iends. You will not believe it when you see it. It is bad, please pray for the families and friends of those involved in this horrific accident.Read More

Anonymous said...

Can someone post what the Messenger says about it? I guess their website is getting overloaded.

Anonymous said...

It just says an awning fell on a car and a teenager is trapped. Extrication tools are being asked for as well as a backhoe. Street is closed in both directions.

rramz said...

Just seen pictures on channel 11 and they confirmed one death and another careflight to JPS

Anonymous said...

Whats the last names of the familys I am suppose to be praying for??

Todd said...

"A grisly scene unfolded in downtown Bridgeport today as an awning collapsed on two high school seniors walking down the sidewalk. The impact killed one of the girls. The other girl sustained serious injuries and was transported to John Peter Smith in... Fort Worth. The freak tragedy occurred in front of Club Barbell on Halsell Street. A spokesperson with the city of Bridgeport said they don’t know why the awning fell."
-Wise County Messenger
(WCMessenger site is down currently due to issues with the webhost)

Anonymous said...

Did it just collapse or is there some kind of construction happening?

Anonymous said...

Probably still a little too early to post the names of the girls....

Anonymous said...

old and dilapitated

Why NOT to shop locally first!! Walmart aint gonna collapse on me!!

Anonymous said...

Its not to early...WHO ??

Are we not one big happy family/community??

Anonymous said...

Then you go shop at Walmart...and I hope you're happy with your comment. Idiot.

Anonymous said...

The media will release the names when the family has been notified....as it should be. Family should not have to find out about it by reading this blog.

Anonymous said...

Man they sure did start tearing that concrete down fast. You'd think they would want to inspect it first or something!

Anonymous said...

All I can say about this is WOW. You can never tell when your time is up folks. Live life like there is no tomorrow. I'm thinking positive thoughts for all involved.

Anonymous said...

Its been over 2 hours I would hope family was notified in the first 20 minutes!!

SO SAD

Anonymous said...

6:08

Tell me one building that does not look in dire need of some serious renovating

RPM said...

Sad news.

House of R and R said...

That so-called building inspector had better check every single building downtown. This is awful. Who would be responsible for this?

potroast06 said...

I say the city of bridgeport would be responsible for this due to their "Restore the Historical Downtown Bridgeport"

Anonymous said...

The owner of the damn building is who's responsible!!

Anonymous said...

5:59 This is an unbelievable freak accident. To start running around declaring older buildings as "old and dilapitated" and inferring danger in one broad stroke is beyond stupid. It highlights that there are no guarantees in life...so Wal-Mart just MIGHT collapse on you. Karma is a dangerous thing my friend.

Anonymous said...

Where is this in relation to The Bridgeport Index? That's the only place in Bridgeport that I know anything about. Well, except for that other Yesterday's.

Anonymous said...

It is the opposite side of the street from the Index. Standing on the front steps of the Index, you would look down the street to the right. This building is down farther, sort of across the street from the old ValuRite building and Duckwalls if I have it right. Someone correct me if I have it wrong...

House of R and R said...

"To start running around declaring older buildings as "old and dilapitated"

Sorry, I has to pull that to the side.....it made me laugh.

How old are those buildings anyway?

Anonymous said...

the name released is Leslie Dennison was killed, and Becca Logan was injured..

Anonymous said...

Thx, 7:04pm, and RIP Leslie.....I know your friends and family will miss you, but wherever you are now, you are certainly better off, seeing as how it's Wise County and all. Oh, and RIP Stan, we all still miss you too.

Anonymous said...

That one I think is from the 60s not historical

Anonymous said...

Wal Mart comment guy-->you're an idiot.

Anonymous said...

7:21 you will burn in hell. We know where Leslie is. How can you comment on this at all.

Anonymous said...

That awning was just hanging on the brick facing with no front support posts into the sidewalk....a recipe for failure.

Anonymous said...

Hey Potroast06, There are many people that try and make our communities in Wise County much better, your statement about"Historical Downtown Bridgeport" shows the lack of information thar you have concerning the program itself. Please refrain from placing blame until you know all the facts, or better yet, become a volunteer and help make a difference. God bless the families of those girls and God bless Bridgeport as we deal with this tragedy.

House of R and R said...

Were the awnings also built in the 60's?

Anonymous said...

Nope. Awnings are much newer. Poor workmanship is my guess.

Anonymous said...

This is the first comment I have ever left on this blog. Through the years I have enjoyed many of the irreverant duels and partisan rants (from both sides)and consider myself anything but prudish. However, I find myself wondering if some of you have lost any shred of humanity or empathy. This is not about some meaningless athletic contest or political issue. When you try to trivialize tragedy and suffering of this magnitude with your lame attempts at humor what satisfaction can possibly be derived? I only hope the families of these victims are spared from reading the soulless comments of the despicable few cowards who post here.

Anonymous said...

I'd like god a little better if he'd a made that awning fall on Stephen York

Anonymous said...

I resent being called a diposable comrade

Anonymous said...

The Fox 4 website is all kinds of tacky with the picture they have accompanying this story.

Denney Crane said...

FYI

They're having a candlelight vigil for Leslie at 9:30 tonight at the Bport High School parking lot

Anonymous said...

8:38 My God did not make the awning fall. Maybe yours did.

potroast06 said...

7:58 I am one of those "Many" people in wise county that put effort towards making this town and county a better community. I don't know the exact details of restoring Main St., but I do know, from working FOR the CITY OF BRIDGEPORT probably more than you do UNLESS your my boss or M&M!
-POTROAST06-

Anonymous said...

M&M?

Anonymous said...

potroast06 --- If you don't know the details of restoring Main St. and you work for the City of Bridgeport, that doesn't really say much for your interest or effort in making the town a better community, does it? If you are still employed by Bridgeport, you are very poor representative.

Typical response of people on this blog though. Let's knock what we know nothing about and then act like an authority.

Anonymous said...

I think Barry should've used a little more discretion with this one. It's fine to let all the comments through on political stuff to prove a point, but this is really uncalled for.

Anonymous said...

5:37...it does not matter what their last names are, God knows!!! Prayers do NOT need to be THAT specific

Chris said...

Many prayers going to the families/friends of these girls from MN.

Chris
MN

Anonymous said...

I cannot imagine how any of you can find humor in this situation. Prayers go out to all involved.

Anonymous said...

It seems weird to me that everyone is cutting each other down about the awning and trying to be funny and no one is mentioning how sad it is that a high school senior lost her life today for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is one of the saddest and unfortunate things I have heard in a while. =(

Anonymous said...

totally agree 10:01. the line was for sure crossed. i'm embarrassed that i read most of the comments.

Anonymous said...

Hey Walmart idiot, if I ever find out who you are, a building falling on you will be the least of your worries.

Anonymous said...

What is new! This blog had no sympathy for people who lose their lives. It has been proven time And time again. Should you expect anything else. I guess if BG had a relative or other close, he would block the he'll out of the comments.

Anonymous said...

It's horrible, and makes me want to keep my kids at home forever. Poor little girl, she and her family deserve some respect. Why don't you idiots save you humor and fighting for another posting.

House of R and R said...

I assure you...that awning will become a very important factor when this is all said and done. You just wait.

And, just because I was asking about it does not mean that I don't have any sympathy for the families, etc. of those two girls.

This was a tragic accident that should have never happened.

Anonymous said...

I am a teacher in a neighboring community. I cannot tell you what terrible sadness I feel for the parents of this young lady and for her friends and teachers. We see these young people at their best! Smiles daily, energetic and ready to face the world with an attitude that we all should remember from the days when we were this young lady's age. Her life has been snatched away and her dreams ended. That is tragedy and sadness. My heart goes out to everyone who knew this lovely girl and her young friend who was with her will need much comforting and support over the years, for this event will be one she can never shed from her life. God Bless the community and may they all pull together and offer tremendous support for one another. Words really cannot express the sorrow!

Anonymous said...

6:19 - so true. This is no time for a lack of tact and/or compassion. These families, school mates, etc. are suffering. They need all of us to reach out in our respective ways.

There is no answer for why this happened. Just so sad.

The idiots on this board who are making stupid remarks - this could have happened to them or those they love.

Anonymous said...

Did you see ol'Ted Kennedy died? I don't care who you are, now that's funny

Anonymous said...

Parents never know when their children walk out the door what will happen. No one would ever think this accident would happen but it did. Our prayers are with the parents of both girls and far the recovery of the injured girl.

What a community can learn from this needless tragedy is how important building codes and the role of city building inspector are for all our safety. Making checks of all buildings was the right decision and hopefully a full investigation to what happened will be forth coming so steps can be taken to protect not only our children but all of us who use public buildings.

Any improvement or beautification must have safety first. The city council should make sure any changes require a permit and final inspection per code.

Anonymous said...

That girl is in heaven and Teddy Kennedy is burning in hell.

Anonymous said...

Such a tragedy. This is not the time to debate. Hug your loved one. This accident shows you never know. I can't imagine what her parents are going through. she departed this life so young.

god bless

Anonymous said...

Many prayers to the families.

Anonymous said...

I have never paid any attention to that building/awning but, I've got a pretty good idea what happened and would be very surprised if I'm wrong.
That awning was attached either by anchors that were attached through the the brick facade above that entrance or a frame that essentially hooked over the facade and the awning was attached to that.
Either one would allow an explosive amount of tension to build and when that old, rotten mortar holding those bricks together decided to give- all that energy was expended at once causing the debris to be projected all the way across the street.
This could have been caused by the cooling of the environment after a warm day or too dry etc.
Not that it helps any but, I can assure you there was a combination of poor engineering, materials and workmanship at work to cause this tragedy and I would not settle on your local building inspector to determine if surrounding structures are safe.

Anonymous said...

Shesh barry, you have some people who need to pull a stick out of their a**es.

The people who post saying other people shouldnt be posting their thoughts are CRazY!! Dont read them then and if you really are a bigger person then dont post anything yourself!!

Anonymous said...

Here come the truthers. 8:07, was there a secondary explosion on the grassy awning?

Anonymous said...

Some of your posts amaze me, although I don't know why. Your lack of civil respect has often floored me after reading this blog. I can only hope that those who want to support the families, the school and the community will do so in a loving and meaningful way. Not by pointing fingers and making wise cracks. Leslie and Becca are great examples of beautiful, selfless people. Let that be your focus. Please pray for those Leslie left behind. She will be truly missed. Please keep Becca in your prayers as well. She will need the total support of the community to see this through. Her faith in God in strong. Instead of acting foolish, lets show her that she can have faith in her community too.

Anonymous said...

Barry really needs to turn the comments off -- that being said, hug your children every chance you get, tell them you love them every chance you get as you never know how the day will end!

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved!

Anonymous said...

What is wrong with some of you poeple. Put your self in the place of the family who cares right now where you shop!!!! what in the world has happend to compassion??????

Anonymous said...

What we can learn from this tragedy that we are not promised another tommorrow. This includes us all and :our parents, loved ones, children, Even the people posting cruel thoughts on here. You may want to think twice before saying a cruel hurtful word.

Becca is home I have heard. Please pray for her and her family as they start the journey to recovery. It will be a long one. She learned today she lost her best friend.

Barry why not call off the idiots on this one and turn off comments out of respect for our Bridgeport Community.

Anonymous said...

So glad you said this 2:11. I agree.

This has to be really difficult for Brad, Toni and other family members - the whole bunch are just outstanding citizens and good Christian folks.

House of R and R said...

2:11 and 2:19 "posting cruel thoughts on here."????

Please enlighten me as to what the cruel thoughts were...please.

Anonymous said...

I predict this thread to go past 75 posts.

Jean Dixon

Anonymous said...

I bet the family lawyer is already salivating over his cut of the settlement

Anonymous said...

Sad for the families. Sorry a** town and two little girls paid for it. Just sorry.

Anonymous said...

Yea I'm sorry too. I'm the lead carpenter who built that sorry awning under the instruction of my sorry boss who did the work for some sorry assed general contractor who got the job from some sorry excuse of an owner who borrowed the money from some damn sorry bank that was charging sorry interest rates on a sorry assed loan while paying even sorrier dividends to their cheap-skate sorry investors...........


Starting to get the picture?

Maybe this has just become a sorry country

Anonymous said...

To the family and friends of both the girls my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Everything happens for a reason. We might never know what the reason is but just have peace in knowing that God is in control and knows what he is doing. He will never give you more than you and him cant handle together. Just turn to him. Its ok to get mad and angry but know that when your ready God is still there. Even if it doesnt seem like it at the moment. But I know this incident has opened alot of peoples eyes both younge and old...so let this tragic tragic accident make us all realize we are not promised today or tomorrow, if that would have been you, or your loved ones could you rest assure where eternity would be spent?

Anonymous said...

why turn off the comments ghe didnt when SGT White was murdered, why now when there was a accident that left one dead and one injured you guys would comment as much if they were killed in a car wreck so why are you crying for BG to turn off the comments lets get along with our lives and live for tommarow not yesterday.

LandShark 5150 said...

Ken and Marcy, my heart is with you.

Anonymous said...

Well, Walmart guy, when something tragic happens to you and yours, do you think that the corporate guys are going to cry with you, bring you food, pray with you, run your errands, send you flowers?????? I think not. I've lived several places in this US and never seen a more friendly, compassionate, loving community than Bridgeport. Except for you maybe, but there is hope. Please get on your knees and as forgiveness for your hurtful comments about a wonder community. The loving God that I know is, while we speak, wrapping this girl's family and friends in his protective arms.