More than 30 students at Trinity College in Connecticut were injured Saturday night when porches collapsed on top of one another at a three-story off-campus house, The Hartford Courant reported. While injuries were not life-threatening, some were serious, such as concussions and broken bones. Some students needed to have debris pulled off them. Officials said the building is owned by Trinity and managed by a private company. Five people live in the building and some of them are members of a fraternity, but the building is not a fraternity house. A statement issued by the college Sunday said a total of 28 students were hospitalized and a majority have been discharged after treatment.
Brian J. Foley, deputy police chief in Hartford, posted photos of the damage to Twitter.
Yup. That's a 3 story beer bong. pic.twitter.com/Bg7qXeZQqE— D/C Foley (@LtFoley) September 11, 2016
Off-campus party caused deck collapse. HPD and HFD responding. pic.twitter.com/D1jhxoRD6Y— D/C Foley (@LtFoley) September 11, 2016
The Trinity incident is not the first instance of injuries from the collapses of roofs or balconies in off-campus buildings where students are holding parties.
- Nine students were injured in 2015 when a garage roof on which they had been holding a large party near California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo collapsed.
- Nearly a dozen students at Indiana University at Bloomington were injured in 2014 when a balcony collapsed at an off-campus house.
- A student at New York University was injured in 2013 when the stairs collapsed at an off-campus rooftop party.
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