Carport collapses in Boardman

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A carport on Wednesday collapsed on three people in Boardman.

Witnesses said it appeared a man drove their vehicle into a support beam, causing the car port to collapse at about 10:30 a.m. in the 5000 block of Aravesta Avenue.

Two toddlers and an elderly woman who neighbors said was the kids’ grandmother were outside the car but inside the carport when it collapsed. Witnesses said it appeared at least one of the toddler’s suffered injuries to its back and that the woman appeared to be injured as well.

Police are withholding their names.

“I came out and the whole carport was literally on the ground,” Jameelah Wylie. “We put cinderblocks on it to keep it up so that the children and the woman could get out. The one baby’s back was scraped up really bad. The skin was torn off. The lady was laying real still.”

About 10 neighbors lifted the roof up and placed cinder blocks under the roof allowing enough room rescued the four, witnesses said.

A witness said they helped four people from the carport. The four are from the Republic of Uzbekistan and don’t speak English, police said. Police said interpreters are needed and may be brought in from Youngstown State University.

The two toddlers and woman were taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center.

“The kids were screaming, crying,” said neighbor Josh Devault. “And I heard an elderly lady crying there too.”

Neighbor Matthew Feehley said he crawled under the roof and helped pull them out.

“I was telling them ‘Come to me, come to me,’” Feehley said. “The grandmother kept pulling them away because they don’t speak very good English. The children were frightened and crying. They didn’t know really what to do.”

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