Several students hurt when water slide collapses in Florida


FLEMING ISLAND, Fla. – More than a dozen high school students were hurt Thursday afternoon after a water slide at a Jacksonville area pool collapsed, authorities said.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office confirmed a local high school band was hosting a pool party at the community pool when the slide collapsed.

Fire officials said that even though a sign located at stairs leading to the slide stated only one occupant should be on the slide at a time, there were 10 to 15 people on the slide when the accident occurred.

Officials said one-third of the slide collapsed into a nearby retention pond. Police confirmed 13 students suffered injuries.

The chairwoman of the Clay County School Board told News4Jax two students were transported to a local hospital Thursday night.

Most of the injuries were said to be minor in nature, with some of the teens suffering abrasions, lacerations and bruises.

One student reportedly went to the hospital with a head injury, but is said to be in stable condition.

Four others went to a local medical center with minor neck and back injuries.

Information obtained from KSAT sister station WJXT-Jacksonville.