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Three hurt at Times book festival

April 25, 2009 |  6:28 pm

Three people were taken to hospitals this afternoon after being struck by windblown scaffolding at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the UCLA campus, the university said in a statement.

A gust of wind caught a festival banner about 2:30 p.m., causing a 15-foot scaffold to fall onto three passersby in the annual book fair, said university spokesman Todd Schindler. The victims –- a man and two women –- were taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and St. John’s Medical Center in Santa Monica for treatment. Their identities and conditions were not released.

The area where the accident occurred, near Dickson Court on the east side of campus, was shut down briefly while paramedics treated the victims.

"There was an unfortunate accident,” Times spokeswoman Nancy Sullivan said in a written statement. An investigation was underway, she said.

Winds were expected to die down later in the day, the university said in a press release. The festival continues through Sunday.

-- Jason Felch