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1 dead, 15 hurt as Independence Day lighting rig collapses at Mount Herzl

Young woman crushed by metal structure ahead of official government ceremonies

Paramedics rush to treat people hurt by a stage that collapsed at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem on Wednesday. (photo credit: screen capture from Channel 2 News)
Paramedics rush to treat people hurt by a stage that collapsed at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem on Wednesday. (photo credit: screen capture from Channel 2 News)

At least one person was killed and about 15 people were injured when a lighting rig collapsed and fell on seating at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem on Wednesday afternoon, ahead of official Independence Day ceremonies there next week.

Rehearsals were under way for ceremonies when the lighting rig collapsed, first reports said.

The victim was a young woman, according to preliminary reports.

One of the injured was in critical condition, paramedics said, with the remainder suffering light injuries. All the injured were evacuated from the scene.

It was unclear what caused the lighting rig to collapse.

The spot where a lighting rig that toppled and collapsed at Mount Herzl struck seats. (photo credit: screen capture from Channel 2 News)
The spot where a lighting rig that toppled and collapsed at Mount Herzl struck seats. (photo credit: screen capture from Channel 2 News)

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