Balcony Collapse Injures 30 Students at Trinity (Conn.)

September 12, 2016

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.

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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