Dozens hurt as stage collapses during high school performance in California

ANAHEIM, Calif. - A stage at a Southern California high school collapsed during a student event and dozens were rushed to hospitals with mainly minor injuries, authorities said.

Police, firefighters and medics responded to a call shortly Saturday night after the stage gave way at Servite High School, according to the Anaheim Fire Department.

The dispatch supervisory office told The Associated Press that 30-40 people were transported to hospitals, but it wasn't clear if the injured are students.

Anaheim police Lt. Tim Schmidt told the Los Angeles Times that 24 students had "minor to moderate" injuries.

Schmidt told local news organizations that the injuries included broken bones, bruises and scrapes.

He told the Los Angeles Times that about 250 girls from sister Catholic school Rosary High School were on the stage at the time.

"Early investigations suggest the front of the stage gave out due to weight," Schmidt said.

The newspaper says 300 to 400 students and parents were in the auditorium at the time of the collapse.

The students were performing in "Red and Gold," Rosary High's annual musical theatre challenge, in which teams prepare for six weeks to put on choral, dance, drama and other performances, according to the school's website.

Servite High School is an all-boys Catholic School in Anaheim. Rosary is an all-girls sister school in Fullerton.

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