IREDELL COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Twenty-five people, including students, were taken to area hospitals when part of a building collapsed Saturday, according to Iredell County first responders.
The accident happened at 2:15 p.m. at North Iredell High School on Raider Road. Firefighters said a large box truck ran into a pre-cast concrete canopy at the school during a band competition, and that some students were trapped.
"I was standing towards the building and I heard it snap," witness Richard Campbell told WBTV, "And I ran out towards the grass and I saw people trapped underneath there."
Firefighters said via Twitter that 20 children were reportedly "under the collapse zone." They said just a short time later that all victims were free.
"It took a while to lift the rubble off of them, remove the rubble off of them, because some of them were deep under it," another witness said.
Iredell County EMS said the injuries ranged from minor to life threatening, and sources said that "all on duty and off duty paramedics" were called to the scene.
As of Sunday night, a "gofundme" page had been set up by a student who says she is the drum major at South Iredell High School where many of the injured attend school. The fundraising page says the money raised will help families with medical expenses and help pay for a new band trailer to be dedicated to the injured. The page says several students have broken bones, head injuries and that one student had to have her leg amputated.
The page's author asks for students to wear white to school Monday and write "Band Strong" on their arm to show support.
Stephanie White's daughter was at the school at the time, but said she was okay.
"I was scared when I found out that had collapsed," White said. "I was scared and all I wanted to do was find her, and I was really relieved."
The names and ages of those injured have not been released.
According to the school's website, SATs and the band competition were both happening at the high school.