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Teen injured at Milwaukee airport

General Mitchell International Airport
General Mitchell International Airport

MILWAUKEE (WSAU) Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker says it’s not known why an interior decorative panel fell from a wall yesterday at Mitchell International Airport. Media reports said the panel hit a teenager in the head, and he received a deep cut – but the boy refused medical help, and he went on a flight he had scheduled.

The fiber-board panel weighed 14 pounds, and airport spokeswoman Pat Rowe said it fell 15-feet before hitting the youngster. Rowe said the airport’s maintenance crews checked the other panels yesterday, and none were at risk of falling. The incident occurred just over a month after a 15-year-old boy was struck-and-killed by a decorative panel that fell from a Milwaukee County parking ramp near the city’s lakefront. That incident is also being investigated.

Walker said he proposed $1.5-million in next year’s county budget to finish a quality assessment of all major county-owned buildings. He said about two-thirds of 100 buildings have already had emergency inspections in the wake of the parking ramp death.