Sauk Rapids, MN Bleachers Collapse, Aug 1973

FOUR HOSPITALIZED WHEN BLEACHERS AT RACEWAY COLLAPSE.

Sauk Rapids, Minn. (AP) - Four persons were hospitalized in good condition at St. Cloud after a bleacher collapsed at the Golden Spike Raceway in nearby Sauk Rapids as a race was about to begin.
A hospital spokesman said the four, all women, received fractures and abrasions, when three rows of benches near the top of a section of bleachers collapsed about 8 p.m. Sunday.
Fourteen other persons were treated for a variety of cuts and bruises and small fractures and released from the hospital.
Three ambulances were called to the scene after the accident to transport the injured to the hospital.
Richard Witschen the track manager said of the accident: "We have no explanation for what caused it."
The damaged area was roped off and spectators remained to watch the races after a delay.
The track is located about four miles east of St. Cloud in central Minnesota.
The hospitalized women were identified as:
MRS. PATRICK WILLIS, 28, Elk River.
MRS. JOSEPH SALMER, 34, Clear Lake.
MRS. ROBERT MONK, 43, Clear Lake.
MRS. KENNETH BAUERLY, 31, St. Cloud.
The hospital spokesman said most of those who received minor injuries were from the St. Cloud area.

Winona Daily News Minnesota 1973-08-20