Student killed after pillar collapses at Lewis & Clark College
A student at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, died and two others were injured after a pillar collapsed on Monday, hours after students saw the start of a new school semester.
“We are devastated to report that earlier this evening a tragic accident occurred on the undergraduate campus in which one of our students was killed and two others were injured,” the school said in a statement. a statement posted online Monday evening.
The school said it was working to contact students’ families and would provide more information as it became available.
“We are deeply saddened by the shocking loss of a member of our community,” he said.
Quoting the Portland Fire & Rescue Bureau, The Oregonian The newspaper reported that a masonry column collapsed on campus, killing the student and injuring the other two.
The student who was killed was a 19-year-old man, The Oregonian reported, while the two injured students were both identified as 18-year-old females. NBC News was unable to immediately verify those details, and the Portland Fire & Rescue Bureau did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
It was not clear what time on Monday the incident took place or what caused the pillar to fall.
In audio posted on Broadcastify of the incident dispatch call, a dispatcher can be heard saying that a “pillar fell and hit three students”.
A responder later said one patient died at the scene, while two others were in “moderate” condition.
According to the Lewis & Clark College semester calendar, Monday was the first day of the new school semester.
In a Twitter Publish last week, the school said it had just completed another “daytime freshman move” on Wednesday before the new semester.