More than 30 hurt in off-campus deck collapse in Connecticut

More than 30 hurt in off-campus deck collapse in Connecticut

Almost 30 students were hospitalized after porches collapsed on top of each other at an off-campus house party near Trinity College during a party on Saturday night.

Deputy Chief Brian Foley of the Hartford police posted on his Twitter feed early Sunday that a third-floor deck of a house collapsed onto a second-floor deck, which subsequently fell onto a first-floor deck late Saturday. Foley later said at a press conference that the 3rd floor deck was very old and not structurally sound. So far, he said, none. He said each deck was crowded with partiers.

Ortiz said the fact that the injuries were not more serious is "really a miracle". He described those hurt as "walking wounded" and said most were students. "We're very lucky there weren't worse injuries".

A deck on the third floor collapsed at around 11:30 p.m. along Broad St. near Crescent St. next to the private liberal arts college. He said the building, located near the Trinity campus, was not owned by the college.

Foley said the third-floor deck that fell showed signs of deterioration.

A multi-story beer funnel and tube could be seen in the wreckage.

'Hartford firefighters and police were on the scene within minutes of the accident, ' he said in the statement.

Google Maps screen grab of the rear of 1715 Broad Street, just down the street from Trinity College (college gates are seen at far right) in Hartford, Connecticiut, before the porch collapsed on September 10, 2016.

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