Bleacher collapses at Bexley, OH school, injures five

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A bleacher collapsed at a school, injuring five students in the town of Bexley Friday night, according to .

The incident occurred at Saint Charles Prepatatory School just outside of Columbus.

At about 9 p.m. during the school's football game the rail collapsed as spectators cheered. Four students were transported to the hospital. No one received life-threatening injuries.

The incident was similar to a recent railing collapse at a Sycamore varsity football game that took place at Sycamore's junior high school campus on Aug. 30.

Several students were leaning against the railing just prior to the collapse at Sycamore, according to 9 On Your Side photographer Mark Slaughter. Like Saint Charles, students were transported to an area hospital with only minor injuries.

Though there are no direct guidelines for inspection of outdoor bleachers for schools in Ohio, John Charlton, associate direct for media relations in Ohio's education department, pointed out general state laws governing student safety.

According to state law:The board of education of each city, exempted village, local, and joint vocational school district and the governing authority of each chartered nonpublic school periodically shall review its policies and procedures to ensure the safety of students, employees, and other persons using a school building from any known hazards in the building or on building grounds that, in the judgment of the board or governing authority, pose an immediate risk to health or safety.

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