Two people were transported by ambulance to the hospital this afternoon (Wednesday) when a small barn collapsed on top of them on the campus of Princeton High School. Emergency crews responded to the incident around 1:40PM.
According to Dolores Gill, Public Information Officer for Johnston County Schools, a teacher and student were inside the agricultural barn removing items so the structure could be torn down in the near future. While removing items from inside the barn, it fell forward and collapsed, briefly trapping the victims underneath the debris.
A county fire marshal happened to be on the Princeton High campus doing a routine inspection and heard the barn collapse. The fire official was among the first on the scene. Several students in a nearby classroom also heard the collapse. They reportedly ran outside and helped the two victims escape from the debris.
Gill said the student and teacher sustained non-life threatening injuries. Officials are conducting an investigation to determine what caused the barn to collapse.
The Princeton Fire Department, Johnston County EMS, Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, and Johnston County Emergency Services responded to the scene.