Police identify man killed in tent collapse near Busch

Print
Email
|

by Bryce Moore / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on April 29, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 1:34 PM

(KMOV.com) – Police have identified the man killed after powerful winds upended a tent outside a downtown St. Louis bar on Saturday, leaving five people in critical condition and injuring more than a hundred others.

Alfred Goodman, 58, of Waterloo, Ill., died as winds ripped a large tent from its moorings at Kilroy's Sports Bar near Busch Stadium. Nine others remained hospitalized Sunday, with two in the intensive care unit at Saint Louis University Hospital.

The accident happened around 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon as power storms thundered through the St. Louis, Missouri area.

Witnesses say more than two-hundred people, many who had attended the Cardinals baseball game at the nearby Busch Stadium, were packed into the tent listening to music when the winds hit.

One witness told News 4's Mark Schnyder the music in the tent was so loud that no one heard the storm coming. When the tent ripped from its moorings tent poles were sent flying wildly through the crowd hitting many people in the head. The tent ended up hanging from a nearby train trestle.

One person was killed, five others critically injured, 17 people rushed to the hospital and another 100 men and women were treated for minor injuries.

According to the Associated Press, Art Randall, the owner of Kilroy's, said firefighters told him that the man was killed by lightning, not flying debris. Authorities have not confirmed how the man died.

How severe was the storm where you were? Share your thoughts.

Check out the photo gallery shot by reporter Mark Schnyder.

Print
Email
|