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Norman students recovering after accident in Missouri

Five students from Community Christian School in Norman were seriously injured when a concrete structure collapsed at a paintball facility while they were on a senior trip in Branson, Mo., school officials said.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Modified: May 13, 2014 at 11:30 am •  Published: May 13, 2014

— One student remains hospitalized in Springfield, Mo., while other students from Community Christian School in Norman will be returning home Wednesday following an accident while they were on a senior trip, school officials said.

Five students were seriously injured Saturday night in Branson, Mo., when a concrete structure at a paintball facility collapsed, Assistant Principal T.J. VanDyke said.

“There were students standing on top, and students standing underneath when it fell. Some were pinned underneath, and other students helped get them out,” he said.

All but one of the five who were seriously injured in the accident had been released from the hospital by Tuesday morning, VanDyke said. A girl with a head injury and a fractured shoulder remains in the hospital, he said.

Thirty-four students were on the senior trip in Branson, VanDyke said. Those hospitalized were three girls and two boys. Other students suffered cuts and bruises, but did not require hospitalization, he said.

The teenager who remains in the hospital will have surgery on her shoulder Wednesday, but should be able to come home by the end of the week, VanDyke said.

“We are very thankful. It could have been so much worse,” Van Dyke said.

The seniors are scheduled to graduate Saturday in a ceremony at the school, he said.

by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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