Auxiliary basket falls at Edgewood, injures man

Hoop was being raised

varsity game postponed

High Schools

December 17, 2003|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

Last night's Aberdeen-at-Edgewood boys basketball game was postponed after a ceiling pole supporting a basketball hoop came down, causing the backboard to swing down and hit a man in the head.

The man, whom school and police officials identified only as a teacher at Edgewood Middle School, was taken by helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma, but a police official said his injuries weren't life threatening.

Harford County school spokesman Donald Morrison said he was told that an auxiliary basket was being raised to allow fans better visibility of the court when the pole dislodged from its brackets. This happened during the second quarter of the JV game, which preceded a scheduled 7 p.m. varsity tip-off.

The victim, seated about four rows up from the Edgewood bench, was bleeding from the head and mouth and vomiting. However, he was conscious and responsive to questions from medical officials.

Andy Berryman, a deputy with the Harford County Police Department who was stationed at the game, said the victim had a laceration on his scalp and had bitten his tongue.

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