Horror as giant marquee collapses in Southampton park injuring three people


Horror as giant marquee COLLAPSES in park injuring three people: One is rushed to hospital as witnesses describe hearing ‘man’s screams for help’

  • The terrifying incident took place this morning at Mayflower Park, Southampton
  • The 410ft-long marquee collapsed as technicians were dismantling the structure

Three people have been injured after a large marquee collapsed in a park. 

The 410ft-long, 165ft-wide structure was being dismantled by technicians when it came crashing down at about 9am today. 

A witness described hearing a ‘man’s screams for help’ after the marquee ‘suddenly’ collapsed with a loud ‘bang’ in Southampton.  

‘Several workers ran out of the way,’ the witness told the Daily Echo newspaper. ‘Then I saw a man lying on his side crying out and several people ran over.’

The temporary structure had featured at the Seawork-Marine Civil exhibition in Mayflower Park last week. The cause of the collapse is unclear but an investigation has now been launched. 

The vast 410ft-long, 165ft-wide structure was being dismantled by technicians when in Mayflower Park, Southampton, when it came crashing down (pictured)

The vast 410ft-long, 165ft-wide structure was being dismantled by technicians when in Mayflower Park, Southampton, when it came crashing down (pictured)

Three people were hurt during the collapse this morning. Pictured are emergency services at the scene

Three people were hurt during the collapse this morning. Pictured are emergency services at the scene 

An investigation has now been launched following the structure's collapse. Pictured is a map showing the location of the incident, in Southampton

An investigation has now been launched following the structure’s collapse. Pictured is a map showing the location of the incident, in Southampton 

A spokesman for South Central Ambulance Service added: ‘Two of those patients were treated and discharged at the scene and the third was taken to University Hospital Southampton for further treatment.’

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service said it had been alerted to the incident at about 8.30am, with four crews being mobilised. 

Firefighters provided immediate care to the casualties before they were handed over to paramedics.

A spokeswoman for the fire service added: ‘No persons were trapped beneath the structure, but three casualties did suffer minor injuries.’

The marquee, called Alu Hall, is owned by contractors Neptunus. The company has since launched an investigation into the incident. 

A spokesman told MailOnline: ‘The Alu Hall has an impeccable safety record and is one of the most popular structures in our range. 

A witness described hearing a 'man's screams for help' after the marquee 'suddenly' collapsed with a loud 'bang'. Pictured is the entrance to the park

A witness described hearing a ‘man’s screams for help’ after the marquee ‘suddenly’ collapsed with a loud ‘bang’. Pictured is the entrance to the park 

The temporary structure had featured at the last week's Seawork-Marine Civil exhibition between June 13 and 15

The temporary structure had featured at the last week’s Seawork-Marine Civil exhibition between June 13 and 15

‘It has been extensively and successfully used at hundreds of global events and exhibitions over the years.

‘Technicians were in the dismantling process when the collapse occurred. An investigation is now underway to determine the cause.’

The Health and Safety Executive has been informed of the incident.



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