Mezzanine collapse inside Jakarta tower hurts nearly 80

An Indonesian worker attends one of evacuated victims after a structure inside the Jakarta Stock Exchange tower collapsed in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. A structure inside the Jakarta Stock Exchange tower collapsed Monday, injuring at least several people and forcing a chaotic evacuation. (AP Photo)
Indonesian security stand near the ruin of a structure inside the Jakarta Stock Exchange tower in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. A structure inside the Jakarta Stock Exchange tower collapsed Monday, injuring at least several people and forcing a chaotic evacuation. (AP Photo)

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A mezzanine floor inside the Jakarta Stock Exchange tower collapsed on Monday, injuring nearly 80 people and forcing a chaotic evacuation.

Security camera footage circulated online showed the collapse, with a group of people plunging several meters (feet) to the ground as the structure gave way beneath them.

People fled the building through a lobby strewn with debris. Emergency personnel tended to the injured on the grass and pavement outside the tower.

National police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said most of the injured were college students from Palembang in Sumatra who were visiting the stock exchange as part of a study tour.

Wasisto ruled out terrorism as a cause of the collapse.

"There is no bomb element in the incident," he said.

Figures released by five hospitals showed 77 people were injured.

A spokeswoman for Jakarta's Siloam Hospital said it had received more than two dozen victims.

A college student from Palembang said she felt a tremor just before the floor collapsed.

"The structure suddenly collapsed, causing chaos," the student, identified as Ade, told MetroTV.

She said some of her friends were hit by debris and suffered head wounds and broken bones.

The stock exchange remained open for its afternoon trading session and its general manager, Tito Sulistio, asserted no one had been killed.

"I guarantee that there were no fatalities," he said. "I helped evacuate the victims to the park and as far as I know, the worst injuries are fractures."

He said the exchange will pay the students' medical costs.

Must Read

Indonesia says Papua villages in standoff with...

Nov 17, 2017

Indonesian police help evacuate more than 340 people from villages in easternmost Papua after...

Volcano gushing ash over Bali closes airport for...

Nov 28, 2017

A volcano gushing towering columns of ash closed the airport on the Indonesian tourist island of...

Indonesia politician's graft trial delayed by...

Dec 13, 2017

A top Indonesian politician accused of involvement in one of the country's biggest corruption...

Indonesia hard-line Muslims protest ban on...

Jan 12, 2018

Muslim hard-liners have protested in Indonesia's capital against Facebook's blocking of accounts...

Indonesia police probe Aceh abuse of transgender...

Feb 3, 2018

Muslims in Indonesia's conservative and semiautonomous Aceh province are protesting an...

People also read these

Indonesia police say policeman killed in Papua...

Nov 15, 2017

Indonesian police say gunmen shot and killed a police officer in the latest attack by separatists...

Hundreds leave Papua villages in separatist...

Nov 20, 2017

Indonesian police say hundreds more people have left villages in easternmost Papua that were at the...

Stranded in Bali tourists lampooned online for...

Dec 1, 2017

Australian tourists who complained about being stranded on tropical Bali when volcanic ash closed...

American man escapes from prison on Indonesia's...

Dec 11, 2017

Indonesian police are hunting for an American citizen who escaped from an overcrowded and...

Indonesia police probe Aceh abuse of transgender...

Feb 3, 2018

Muslims in Indonesia's conservative and semiautonomous Aceh province are protesting an...