In a stunning turn of events, Paolo Mugnaini and Valeria Ybarra’s wedding celebration took a horrifying turn when the floor of their wedding venue, a former Giaccherino Covent in Pistoia, Italy, collapsed, sending the newlyweds and their guests plummeting 13 feet.
The historic convent, dating back to the early 15th century, witnessed the shocking incident that left 35 people, including a child, injured.
Six individuals sustained serious injuries, while 10 others were classified as “moderately” injured. All the injured were promptly taken to the San Jacopo Hospital in Pistoia, Italy, for treatment.
Three of the victims, including a pregnant woman, remained in the hospital the following day, although their conditions were reported as stable.
The collapse occurred in what was once the refectory, sending guests plunging through rubble, debris, and wooden planks.
Paolo Mugnaini’s father, who was present in the hall during the incident, expressed shock, recounting the panic that ensued as they searched for the fallen guests.
A criminal case has been initiated against certain individuals, charging them with negligent bodily harm and omission of necessary work to remove dangers.
Investigators are focusing on structural failure as the probable cause of the floor collapse, prompting questions about the safety measures in place at the historic venue.
This tragic event has not only left a mark on the newlyweds’ special day but has also raised concerns about the structural integrity of historic venues.
As the investigation unfolds, it sheds light on the importance of ensuring the safety of such spaces to prevent similar incidents in the future.