Customer hurt by falling trellis at Pittsfield supermarket

Trellis came down while remodeling work was being done on store

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say a customer was knocked unconscious and had to be taken to the hospital after he was struck by a section of decorative wooden trellis that fell from the ceiling of a western Massachusetts supermarket.

Two other customers and three employees of the Pittsfield Price Chopper suffered minor injuries when the trellis tumbled in an area near the checkout area during remodeling work Tuesday morning.

A spokeswoman for the Schenectady, New York-based supermarket chain said in a statement to The Berkshire Eagle that an electrician on a lift working on the lights bumped the trellis, causing the cable securing it to the ceiling to snap. As a precaution, several other similar trellises were taken down.

Deputy Fire Chief Steven Peaslee says the trellises weighed about 50 pounds each.

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