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Nation/World

March 25, 2013

Mom, sons improving after airport sign fell

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A woman and two of her sons were improving at hospitals on Sunday after they were seriously injured when a flight information billboard fell on them at an airport.

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. She had surgeries over the weekend and was getting better, University Hospital spokeswoman Nicole Wyatt said. However, she was still in intensive care and unconscious.

“She does not know that her baby is dead,” said the family’s priest, the Rev. Don Farnan.

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.

Luke Bresette, 10, was killed. His brother, 5-year-old Tyler, suffered a concussion but was expected to be released from a children’s hospital. His 8-year-old brother, Sam, had a broken leg and nose.

Luke was the middle child of the five. The father, Ryan Bresette, and another son and daughter, were at the airport but not injured.

After the sign fell, it took six people to lift the large board and a dozen people to hold it up while first responders administered aid.

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