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42 killed in Hyatt collapse as tea dance turns to terror
Dozens of injured taken to hospitals
A quiet evening of tea dancing in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency hotel erupted into chaos and terror Friday night when a four-story-high walkway in the lobby collapsed, killing at least 42 persons …
First, you can’t believe it’s happening; then the terror begins
'Nothing to do but react'
I was standing on the bandstand, judging the dance contest. Swing. Good music. Then I heard that sound, a sound like something in a movie.
Morgue keeps macbre vigil as tally of dead continues
The catastrophe would press the Jackson County Morgue in the Truman Medical Center to its limits, if not beyond. But at 10 p.m., no bodies from the Hyatt Regency hotel disaster had been delivered …
The city issues a tearful goodbye
Silence shrouds the search for ‘why’ at the hotel
The city lowered its flags to half mast today and funeral processions began snaking through its streets as investigators sifted through the bloodied rubble at the Hyatt Regency hotel. The progress of those investigators …
Walkway began to buckle; people just disappeared
“An old lady was on top of my ankle, screaming. I said to her, ‘Be calm. Breathe deep,’ but she just kept struggling. I felt her last movement. She’s dead.”
Collapse baffles building code, safety officials
The lobby walkway that collapsed at the Hyatt Regency hotel on Friday evening should have been capable of handling normal traffic, but might not have been strong enough to hold an unusually large crowd …
Disaster made heroes of the helpers
Although each decision Dr. Joseph Waeckerle made Friday night while coordinating emergency rescue attempts at the Hyatt Regency hotel was a matter of life or death, the decision to amputate a young man’s right …
Donors descend on blood center trying to aid victims
They came, some following seeing eye dogs, others toting ornate backgammon boards, but all ready to do their part.
The Hyatt horror: 111 dead, 188 hurt and a city in shock
A gray sky rained tears Saturday on a city overcome with grief. As bulldozers raked away tons of rubble that choked the once-glittering lobby of the Hyatt Regency hotel, funeral preparations began for the …
Cause of collapse awaits unfolding of investigations
If all the investigations that have been promised in the wake of the collapse of two skywalks in the Hyatt Regency hotel bear fruit, the tragedy could be one of the best-documented disasters in …
A lost night recalled minute by painful minute …
… Moments became hours and life was fleeting
In increasing numbers the past two months, young and old were spending the end-of-the-week cocktail hour sipping drinks and spinning across the dance floor in the Hyatt Regency’s cavernous lobby.
Out of the frenzy came a touch that soothed
When the wounded are so plentiful that the dead are necessarily treated as cargo, survivors need to touch.
Shock, condolences pour out from business, political leaders
In the aftermath of Kansas City’s worst disaster came words – of sympathy, shock, praise, grief. But none, of course, could turn back the clock for the 111 persons who died.
When it was all crumbling, we did what had to be done
This decent, civilized city, pummeled by a disaster of unthinkable proportions, honored its dead even as it sought to find them — honored them by its behavior.
Critical design change is linked to collapse of Hyatt’s sky walk
A critical change in the original design of the Hyatt Regency hotel’s sky walks doubled the stress on that part of the walks that later pulled apart during the collapse, The Star has found. …
Engineers claim overloading caused sky walks to fall
Two structural engineers asserted Tuesday that the collapse of the fourth-floor sky walk at the Hyatt Regency Hotel simply was a case of too much weight for the walkway to bear. “It’s just overstress …
Findings add up in hotel disaster
Combined flaws may have led to collapse
Multiple unexplained factors, including two significant design changes, a missing structural washer and limitations on city and private inspections, came together in the deadly collapse of the sky walks at the Hyatt Regency hotel.