The casualties are piling up at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo this year. Yesterday, KTRK first reported that an awning from a vendor collapsed, injuring two people.
According to KTRK, the awning at the Joel's Alehouse booth, run by Aramark, crashed down on a man and woman. Both victims were taken to a local hospital, and their condition is unknown. Aramark is investigating the cause of the crash.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with these patrons, and the show will continue to monitor the investigation into the awning collapse to ensure that our visitors remain safe and secure," rodeo officials said in a statement.
This is just the latest dark spot so far for the rodeo. In the first week alone, there was a trampling on the trail ride, a port-a-potty stabbing and a chuckwagon crash. Last week, someone stole a little girl's lamb, and over the weekend, a bareback bronc rider got his hand caught in a rigging and was dragged around the arena.
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There are only a few more days of rodeo left. Lord have mercy.
UPDATE, 10:48 a.m.
In a statement, Rodeo officials said both victims have been treated and were released from the hospital.