One man remained in a hospital Monday and seven others were nursing broken bones and other injuries after an exterior staircase collapsed Friday at the Lewis County Public Schools' central offices in Vanceburg.
Jason Hill, the school system's assistant technology coordinator, was being treated at Meadowview Regional Medical Center in Maysville, where he was rushed after the accident.
Hill might have compression fractures in his back, said Nick Adams, director of district services for the Lewis County Schools. Adams said the other seven men suffered injuries including broken ribs, a broken ankle, bruises and scrapes. All were resting at home Monday.
The eight men — all administrators or staffers with the Lewis County Schools — were standing on the stairway posing for an end-of-school-year staff picture when the stairway collapsed just after noon Friday.
Wooden supports apparently gave way under the weight, Adams said.
"There were a few years on the stairs ... but we probably put too much weight on them," Adams said. "We come together for fellowship at the end of every school year, and the tradition has been to take a group picture.
"We've taken a picture I guess for 11 years and never had a problem until now," Adams said.