More than 30 people were injured and rushed to area hospitals after decks collapsed at a house at an off campus party near Trinity College in Hartford.
It happened at around 11:15 p.m. on Saturday at a home on Broad Street. On Sunday morning all you could see were piles of wood and debris after the decks toppled onto each other.
“These are heavy old decks that came down and at this point you look at the third floor and you see the deck was very rotted and old and structurally not very sound, and then you get 50 or 60 kids out there,” said Hartford’s Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley.
The top deck detached from the building, fell on the second deck and fell over and the third deck fell from there. Students were described as trying to pull one another from the debris.
"And then it toppled over, so we were getting reports of people scattered and there was just debris on top of people,” said Hartford Fire Chief Raul Ortiz.
The collapse is reminiscent of the deadly balcony collapse at near UC- Berkley last June where 6 people were killed.
In this case, mostly minor injuries like a broken arm, a concussion. Investigators and the mayor say it is a miracle no one was killed in this accident.
"The thought that went through my mind was thank God that this wasn't worse and thank God no lives were lost,” said Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin.
It is unclear when the building was last inspected and how many people were on each deck.
Most of the people are Trinity students, but some may have been visiting from elsewhere.
There were 28 students who were taken to area hospitals. The majority of the students were treated and released. Hartford Hospital said 1 person was admitted.
Trinity owns the house. It is not fraternity house but the students who live there are part of Greek life.
Although Trinity College owns the house, it is not managed by the school.
In a statement, Trinity College said in part "While this event is upsetting, we are grateful that none of the injuries are life-threatening."
Concerned family and friends are urged to contact officials at 860-297-2222.
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