At a house party at Trinity College in Connecticut, this past weekend, 31 students suffered various injuries after a deck attached to the home collapsed. It fell onto a deck below and then onto a porch on the ground level. “The 3rd floor deck was very old and not structurally sound,” according to a local police officer.
— Matt Austin (@mattaustinTV) September 11, 2016
All of the individuals injured by the fall were taken to hospitals in the area, and the most serious of the reported injuries was thankfully only a broken bone. NBC Connecticut reports that most of the students who had to go to the hospital have now returned to campus.
Off-campus party caused deck collapse. HPD and HFD responding. pic.twitter.com/D1jhxoRD6Y
— D/C Foley (@LtFoley) September 11, 2016
On Saturday, when the accident took place, a number of students in the area surrounding the house assisted in getting partygoers away from the scene of the collapse. They also aided EMS workers in giving medical attention to hurt students.
In a news interview, a Trinity student present for the event said, “everyone just came together really quickly.” In an official statement, the College offered members of the Trinity community an opportunity “to reflect and offer care and support to one another” at a special meeting on Sunday. The College also sent out emails to students offering resources for any individuals affected by the incident who wanted to speak to a counselor.
Trinity provides support following balcony incident. Community gathering at 4pm in the Chapel pic.twitter.com/ueSeuZh9Iz
— The Trinity Tripod (@TrinityTripod) September 11, 2016
The house will reportedly remain locked down and resident-free until the proper repairs are carried out. Well, that’s one way to kick off the school year! It’s exciting to be back on campus, but remember to always be safe, and report any questionable safety issues to campus facilities or your landlord!