11:05AM EST: [YWN PHOTOS & A VIDEO POSTED BELOW] At least 17 children have been injured at Yeshiva Shaarei Torah in Flatbush, when a grate collapsed underneath them, YWN has learned.
Hatzolah from Flatbush, Boro Park, & Crown heights have dispatched t least 10 ambulances to the scene located at Ocean Parkway and Church Avenue, and dozens of Hatzolah members & Paramedics were scrambled to treat the victims.
The FDNY and NYPD ESU were requested to respond as well as ambulances from the FDNY.
Initial reports tell YWN that the girls were dancing / playing on the grate (located in the driveway of the school), when it suddenly gave way underneath them – sending them plunging at least 2 stories underground.
As of this posting, 17 children have already been extricated from the basement of the Yeshiva building , which is attached to this pit.
So far, none of the injuries are reported to be life threatening.
Further details along with photos will be posted shortly.
FINAL UPDATE: Contrary to media reports, YWN has reconfirmed our earlier report that there are NO life-threatening injuries from this incident. Most injuries are fractures. The total patient count is 33, with some at Lutheran Trauma Center, Maimonides Hospital, and Methodist Hospital.
(YWN HPO Staff)