Investigators Return to Scene of Trinity College Deck Collapse - NBC Connecticut

Investigators Return to Scene of Trinity College Deck Collapse

(Published Monday, Sept. 19, 2016)

Both police and Trinity College officials are still investigating a double balcony collapse that sent more than two dozen students to the hospital. 

Detectives haven’t yet ruled out whether there is any criminal aspect to that frightening balcony collapse that occurred on Sept. 10. 

A Trinity spokeswoman said they’re working with engineers and inspectors during the investigation and officials expect to be done in a few weeks.

An attorney for the college joined a Trinity official outside 1713-1715 Broad Street on Monday at the college-owned property where two balconies pancaked on top of each another late on Saturday night. 

The accident sent dozens of Trinity students to the hospital with broken bones, concussions and other injuries at the off campus party.

Earlier Monday morning, campus public safety hauled out not one, but two kegs full of beer from the now empty property.

Officials at licensing and inspections said their investigation is ongoing after citing violations minutes after the collapse, as being the result of the accident.

An attorney for SML Real Estate, Inc. tells the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters the property management company collected rent monies from the student tenants and did small things including changing light bulbs and door locks.

Mayor Luke Bronin adds the city is ready to partner with the college in any way needed to make sure the students are well taken care of.

'I can tell you the deck was put in place a long time before i took office, and there were some record keeping issues from those days and conversions to electronic records and, but we want to do whatever we can to make sure we get our arms around that too. But the most important thing is to make sure everyone in the city knows there are a lot of older properties in the city, and you have to take precautions if you have an older deck. you’ve got to take a look at it to make sure it’s not sagging, rotting and pulling away from the building and everyone should be taking those precautions, and obviously don’t put too many people on it. Obviously, good to know when it was put in place, whether put in place illegally and when put in place and whether that person took out permits, maybe other people looking into it as well," Bronin said.

The NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters have repeatedly requested on camera interviews with Trinity College officials, but have been denied.

At least one parent of an injured student tells NBC Connecticut they’ve heard nothing from the school in terms of what their investigation has revealed, but they expect to reach out shortly.

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