30 Injured After Deck Collapses at College Party in CT
Updated 34 mins ago
At least 31 students were injured after a deck collapsed Saturday night during an off-campus house party near Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, police said. The photos show that the wooden members were rotted, resulting in the collapse under heavy student load.
"3rd floor collapsed on 2nd floor, which collapsed on 1st floor," tweeted Hartford Police Department Deputy Chief Brian Foley.
Foley later said at a press conference that the 3rd floor deck was very old and not structurally sound. It detached from the house and collapsed, he said.
Foley said as many as 40 people may be hurt. None of the injuries are serious, but he did tell ABC News there were "broken bones."
Trinity College said in an alert sent to students, "30 students have been transported to local hospitals with injuries. At this time the most serious injury reported is a broken arm."
The injured were transferred to 6 Connecticut hospitals, including Hartford Hospital and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington, and Manchester Memorial Hospital in Manchester.
Hartford mayor Luke Bronin said in a statement, "There are dozens of injuries, but we are very lucky that there were no fatalities and no known critical injuries from what could have been a truly tragic incident."
Five people live in the house, which is owned by Trinity College, but managed by a private company, according to Foley.
Trinity College is a private liberal arts college and the second-oldest college in Connecticut after Yale University.
30-40 hurt after rotted decks collapse at off-campus party near Trinity College
About 30-40 people were injured when a deck collapsed at an off-campus party at Trinity College in Connecticut. Police say a 3-story beer bong (left) was found in the wreckage. (Deputy Chief Brian Foley / Hartford PD)
Saturday, September 10, 2016 10:35PM
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Between 30 and 40 people were hurt after a deck collapsed at an off-campus party at a house near Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, police said.
No major injuries have been reported.
Deputy Chief Brian Foley of the Hartford police posted on his Twitter feed that a third-floor deck of a house about two-tenths of a mile from the Trinity campus collapsed onto a second-floor deck, which subsequently fell onto a first-floor deck.
He noted that in the wreckage, officials found a tube with a funnel that appeared to be a three-story beer bong.
Foley says the injured have been sent to area hospitals.
Trinity College is a liberal arts school in Hartford with about 2,200 students. It's the second-oldest college in Connecticut after Yale.
The house is not owned by Trinity College, a private liberal arts college and the second-oldest college in Connecticut after Yale University.
ABC News contributed to this report.