Man killed in tent collapse died of blunt trauma; 5 others released from hospital

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by Diana Zoga / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on April 30, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 2:34 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- A 58-year-old man killed when a tent collapsed near Busch Stadium on Saturday died of blunt trauma, the medical examiner determined.

The results of the preliminary death report were released to News 4 by the city on Monday.

Alfred Goodman was killed when an overflow tent collapsed at Kilroy’s Sports Bar, just south of Busch Stadium. 

One hundred others were hurt, the majority of them treated for cuts and bruises at the scene.  Seventeen others were taken to the hospital.  By Monday afternoon, two were still in intensive care at SLU Hospital. Barnes-Jewish Hospital said that the last of five patients transported there was released on Monday morning.

The large tent was picked up by wind, sending debris and aluminum poles that make up the bones of the tent flying.

Monday, the owner of Kilroy’s, Art Randall, said it looked as though the ropes that helped anchor the tent snapped.

Randall said the company that installed the tent is Sun Rental of Bridgeton.  The owner did not return News 4’s calls Monday afternoon.

The city’s building code requires that tents larger than 1,000 square-feet are made to withstand wind gusts of up to 90 miles per hour. The National Weather Service center reported winds Saturday reached 35 to 40 miles per hour.

Tents as large as the one at Kilroy’s cannot be erected without a building permit.  Kilroy’s was issued a building permit on April 11.  The city says an inspector looked at the tent for fire hazards and determined it was safe for occupancy.  For installation issues, the city says it is up to the owner and contractors to use good practices to make sure the tents are set up properly.

St Louis Public Safety Director Eddie Roth said the city would reach out to owners of other tents with information about evacuation plans, in case of severe weather.

“We need to have better planning and really think through with the establishments that use these tents to think about and ensure that their patrons are aware of weather heading their way and that they have a real plan for where people can go in an orderly way to secure cover,” said Roth.

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