Students Remain Hospitalized Days After Clemson University Floor Collapse
CLEMSON, S.C. (October 23, 2018) – Three Clemson University students remain hospitalized after they were hurt during a weekend party when the floor collapsed at the clubhouse of an off-campus housing complex, a school spokesperson said Tuesday.
Clemson police said 30 people were taken to area hospitals early Sunday when the floor gave way during jumping and dancing at The Woodlands of Clemson clubhouse. The university said 29 of the 30 injured people were Clemson students.
The Clemson Police Department did not receive any calls about the party prior to the floor collapsing.
Police responded to the incident around 12:30 a.m. local time. Although no one was trapped in the debris, in a dispatch call, police noted nine people in critical condition and seven with trauma. Several video clips taken by party-goers showed the group jumping and dancing to the music before plummeting through the floor into the basement. A witness told ABC News “there was blood everywhere.”
Clemson planning and code director Todd Steadman said there was an occupancy limit of 135 people for the upstairs portion of the clubhouse that collapsed. He says the school is reviewing security video to determine how many people were on the floor when it failed.
Clemson’s Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity leased the space out for a private event during the university’s homecoming weekend, USA Today reports.
The building was built by Dovetail Builders LLC and opened for business in 2005. Dovetail built Woodlands properties in other college towns, including the first one in Athens, Georgia, where the University of Georgia is located.
Woodlands of Athens’ clubhouse has a similar two-floor structure. A representative from that location said management plans to review original design plans for its clubhouse and check with engineers. For the time being, the Athens location will allow normal foot traffic but will not likely allow any parties, the representative said.
Other similar Woodlands properties by Dovetail are located in Knoxville, Tennessee, and College Station, Texas, although the clubhouse designs may vary and each are operated independently.