Ahead of a service to honor victims of terrorism and fallen soldiers, a stage collapse kills a 20-year-old woman in Jerusalem and the incident is now under investigation.
A woman was killed and five others injured in a stage collapse in Jerusalem, Israel's Ynet News reported Wednesday. A lighting fixture tumbled down onto the stage during a rehearsal for a memorial service to honor victims of terrorism as well as the fallen soldiers of the state of Israel, which will occur next week.
Large teams of emergency services personnel as well as police converged on the scene in Jerusalem according to Ynet. The Magen David Adom (which is Israel's national ambulance service) told Ynet News that one person was moderately injured and four others were lightly hurt in the accident, all were transported by the ambulance service to hospitals in Jerusalem.
Ynet further reported that Israeli fire crews canvassed the area looking for trapped victims but found none. Israeli Police have launched an investigation.
Major General Orna Barbiva of the Israeli Defense Forces was quoted as saying the accident was unexpected "We never expected something like this to happen." An Israeli company which built the stage stated through a spokesman that they intended to investigate the incident as well, Ynet News reported.
A female witness to the stage collapse on Mount Herzl said that the collapse occurred without any warning. "It appeared as though the giant structure collapsed due to the wind," the woman told Ynet's Omri Efraim "I saw people being crushed."