At approximately 8:45 Thursday morning one side of a cable bridge on the SIFAT (Servants In Faith And Technology) campus between Wedowee and Lineville failed, causing that part of the bridge to fall into Mad Indian Creek and resulting in injuries to several young people who were on the bridge.
Apparently someone's shoe fell over the side, and all the youth on the bridge rushed to one side to see it. Fortunately, no one sustained a hard fall, as the pedestrians held on to the cables while one side of the bridge slid into the creek.
It appears that there were 12 to 14 people on the bridge at the time. Clay County Rescue Squad responded immediately and took the injured to Clay County Hospital. Ten to 12 people were injured, mostly with scrapes, bruises and abrasions.
Mary Corson, a registered nurse, and others on the SIFAT staff were at the site immediately to assist the injured.
There were 135 participants from five churches in four states taking part in youth activities at SIFAT this week. They had been scheduled to give a day of community service Thursday at Clay County Christian Academy. Later Thursday morning SIFAT received a call from Clay County Christian Academy offering to rebuild this bridge.
According to Clay County 911, in addition to the rescue squad, other responders included Randolph County Sheriff's Office, Barfield Volunteer Fire Department and Ashland and Lineville police departments.