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Dozens hurt when Ozark stage collapses

OZARK (AP) — More than 60 Carroll High School students were giving final bows at the end of a "Back to the '80s" musical when the stage collapsed into the orchestra pit and some fell one after the other.

Ten of the students taking part in the "Parents Night" production Tuesday were treated at a hospital and released.

"It was horror, an absolute horror. One that should have never happened. I'm still in shock," said Sharon Murray, who feared her daughter Erin was pinned under the stage.

"I'm so glad it wasn't worse, but this should have been prevented," she told The Dothan Eagle in a story Thursday.

Twelve students were injured and 10 were transported to Dale Medical Center, Ozark City Schools superintendent Dan Payant said.

At least two of the students were taken by ambulance, Ozark Deputy Police Chief Myron Williams said. The others were transported by families or friends.

Payant said engineers are investigating what caused the stage collapse. The building is owned by the city school board.

Residents said it was last rebuilt in the 1980s. Payant said he could not discuss whether the children were covered by the school's insurance.

"What our main concern is is making sure all of the students are OK," he said.

Musical director John Mark Wilson said remaining show nights and the reception for alumni cast members on Saturday has been postponed.

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