Dozens injured after decks collapse at Connecticut house party

Between 30 and 40 people were injured late Saturday after two decks collapsed on top of a third during a party at a house near Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.

Hartford Police Department Deputy Chief Brian Foley 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.

No major injuries were reported. Hartford Fire Capt. Raul Ortiz told the Hartford Courant that some of the injured suffered broken bones. 

“The fact that they were not really serious [injuries] is really a miracle,” Ortiz told the paper.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said in a statement that “we are very lucky that there were no fatalities … from what could have been a truly tragic incident.”

Trinity College is a liberal arts school in Hartford with about 2,200 students. Founded in 1823, it’s the second-oldest college in Connecticut after Yale.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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