Talks with New York Glazier Called to Wal-Mart Tragedy
For many people "Black Friday" shopping is a yearly tradition--after
all, it's a chance to save big bucks on holiday shopping. This year,
however, those big savings came with a big price no one was expecting
when Jdimytai Damour, who was working as a temporary employee at
the Wal-Mart in Valley Stream, N.Y., was trampled to death by an
estimated 2,000 shoppers fighting their way through the store's
glass doors around 5 a.m.
Solar Glass Inc. based in Island Park, N.Y., which does all the
glass replacements for this area Wal-Mart, was called to the scene
to repair the broken doors and glass.
Steve Solar, owner of Solar Glass, said his regular contact at
Wal-Mart called him immediately after the accident happened.
"He said we needed to come out [and repair the doors] but
that we could not get there until after 2 p.m. because there was
a crime scene," said Solar.
Solar told USGNN.com that his initial reaction was thinking
'how did this happen?'
"And then when I heard that someone died from it that was
all I could think about."
Solar said when he arrived at the scene the storefront doors were
on the floor.
"[When people] stampeded in, the doors were ripped off at
the hinges," he added, explaining that it was a tremendous
force to cause such damage. "The doors and frames are designed
to take a certain amount of stress, but it was that jolt of impact
that pushed the doors inward," said Solar.
Fortunately, the glass in the storefront was laminated so there
was no broken glass from the accident that could have caused even
more injuries or fatalities.
"[The glazing system used] was the best thing that could have
been used for that application," said Solar. "The glazing
did its job; it did its job so well in that there was no broken
glass shards, etc. that could have injured other people. Unfortunately,
it just can't take such brutal force."
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