Six Hurt In Structure Collapse At University In RI

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — Construction crews and emergency officials Tuesday afternoon remained on the site of a structure collapse at Bryant University.

A steel structure, which will eventually be an indoor practice facility, came tumbling down shortly after 8 a.m. Some of the workers were at the top of the 30-foot structure at the time. Metal beams came down on them, trapping some of the workers.

Officials said six were hurt, though the injuries were non-life threatening.

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Photos: Bryant Univ. Structure Collapse »

“They just started construction on it. They were erecting steel. Something happened at the site and the steel structure that was in place fell over,” Smithfield Fire Chief Robert Seltzer said at a news conference Tuesday morning. “We’re not sure why that happened. It’s under investigation at this time.”

During the same news conference, Bryant University Spokeswoman Liz O’Neil said the practice facility is one of several projects currently underway on campus.

She said when complete, the facility will be 120 yards of covered turf field. Sports that will eventually use the facility include lacrosse, and field hockey, as well as club and intramural sports.

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