Dallas Cowboys' Practice Dome Collapsed; 12 People Injured

James WilliamsonSenior Writer IMay 3, 2009

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Earlier today, the Dallas Cowboys rookie training camp suffered a severe weather tragedy.

The bubble/roof of the indoor practice facility collapsed due to severe storms and high winds causing the roof and lights to shake, which led to the roof caving in.

Twenty-seven players were working out along with around 50 other people ranging from the press to coaches to Cowboy staff members.

"I saw it coming down and didn't have time to react," secondary coach Dave Campo said. "I hit the ground and was able to get back up."

Ten people were taken by emergency vehicles while two left on their power.

Special teams coach, Joe DeCamillis, was severely hurt. He was removed on a stretcher wearing a neck brace.

The other names have not been reported, out of respect to their privacy.

Thankfully, no one is in mortal danger. "This worked out very, very well from a medical point of view," said Dr. Paul Pepe, head of emergency medical services for Dallas County. "Right now, I think we don't have anybody who is in a life-threatening situation."

"We're lucky no one got electrocuted with all the water in the building," head coach Wade Phillips said. "A couple of players had minor injuries, but they were all right."

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What is most remarkable is the bravery shown by the young rookies. Many were still wearing helmets, and could easily have gotten away, but stayed to help rescue crews.

Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com had an interesting account.

Eatman was on his way out when something knocked him down, and then he heard a voice screaming for aid. It was Todd Archer of The Dallas Morning News. Archer was trapped under some rubble and Eatman along with Josh Ellis, another writer from DallasCowboys.com, tried to get Archer out.

However, they couldn't lift the crashed debris off of him. "It was like a car," Eatman said.

Then, outside linebacker Jason Williams and safety DeAngelo Smith came to the rescue. The two men lifted the wreckage up, just enough, for Archer to crawl out.

All I saw was blue jerseys," said Archer, "I was trapped, I couldn't move. Then those guys lifted it up—not very far, but I was able to move from my side to my back. ...Once I got out of there, I looked back and the whole thing was down."

The storm had wins measuring at around 64 MPH when it hit. A weak tornado has, at a minimum, 65 MPH winds.

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