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Three taken to hospital after cage falls at Goshen College

Goshen police and EMS units responded to the reports Monday evening, June 9.

(Lydia Sheaks/The Elkhart Truth) (J. TYLER KLASSEN / The Elkhart Truth)
Posted on June 9, 2014 at 7:15 p.m.

Three people were taken to the hospital Monday evening, June 9, after a large baseball cage fell in the Goshen College Recreation-Fitness Center.

Goshen police and EMS units responded to reports of the cage falling at about 6:41 p.m., a dispatcher with the 911 Communications Center said. 

Rick Kauffman, battalion chief with the Goshen Fire Department, said two people were taken to the hospital in an ambulance and one other person was taken in private vehicle. All three of the injured were adults who received non-life-threatening injuries. 

The cage, which was suspended in the gymnasium fell during a volleyball game at the recreation center. Kauffman estimated that the cage was about 15-feet wide and 40-feet long. He said he did not know what caused the cage to fall. 

Jodi Beyeler, spokesperson for Goshen College, said the school is investigating what happened but called the incident a “freak accident.”

A cable holding the cage to the ceiling apparently snapped, causing one side to fall and hit people sitting in the stands watching the game.

Everyone was immediately cleared from the room, Beyler said.

As of about 8:30 p.m. Monday, the gym was closed to outside visitors, but the fallen cage was visible through gym windows.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people affected and we hope they heal quickly," Beyeler said.

Reporter Lydia Sheaks contributed to this story.


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