AUBURN, ALABAMA (October 18, 2017) – The city of Auburn has replaced the grease pit cover that collapsed on Saturday, claiming the life of three year old Sadie Andrews, according to a local news source. (map)
Sadie Grace Andrews was visiting Bruster’s Real Ice Cream off of University Drive with members of her family on Saturday afternoon. She and two of her siblings were playing in a grassy area behind the shop, near several picnic tables. The toddler stepped onto the plastic cover of a grease trap, which broke under her weight. Sadie dropped into the trap, and the lid closed behind her.
Sadie was found no more than ten minutes later after a frantic search. Tragically, the 3 year old was pronounced dead as a result of the accident despite resuscitation efforts.
The city replaced the grease trap cover with a metal one after the accident, and said it was a temporary measure until the owner of the ice cream shop took steps to secure the trap themselves. The city has 110 grease pits, but most are located in roadways and traffic areas, and have metal manhole covers. There are only three with plastic covers, one of which is located at Bruster’s.
The city stated they only inspect the traps to see if there is excessive buildup, and the trap was last inspected just a few months before in June. The other two buildings with similar grease traps to Bruster’s have both been notified so they can take steps to ensure safety.
The family has started a crowdfunding campaign to help pay for funeral costs. If you wish to donate, you may use the link on the site YouCaring located here.
“There are no words that are sufficient to convey the sorrow we feel regarding this terrible tragedy. The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Lexton Law are with the family of young Sadie Andrews during this difficult time,” said the attorneys from Lexton Law, a law firm dealing in wrongful death and personal injury.