Mother who lost son when airport sign fell doesn't know he died

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A mother and two of her sons are improving at hospitals after they were seriously injured when a flight information billboard fell on them at an airport in Alabama.

A third son was killed Friday when the electronic board, weighing at least 300 pounds, fell at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.

The boys' mother, Heather Bresette, had broken ankles and a crushed pelvis. A hospital spokeswoman says she had surgeries over the weekend and was getting better. However, she was still unconscious Sunday and does not know that her son died.

The Bresettes, a family of seven, took a weeklong vacation in Destin, Fla., and were about to fly home to Overland Park, Kan., when the sign fell.

The company behind the renovations to the Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport, Brasfield & Gorrie,  released a statement that said, "Brasfield & Gorrie is diligently working with authorities ... to assess the situation that occurred Friday in which several people were injured, one fatally, after a flight information sign fell in the newly renovated terminal.

"We are deeply sorrowful that a life was lost, and we are prayerful that the injured individuals will recover. This is a terrible tragedy that none of us fully understand, and we hope that the family who has lost their loved one will find strength through prayer and the support of all of us.

"Our entire corporate family extends its deepest sympathies to the family affected and will support them in any way we can."


Crews began an attempt to re-mount the flight information display back to the wall at around 5:30 p.m., but were unsuccessful. It has since been removed from the airport.

Officials have yet to say what caused the display to fall from the wall.

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