Bolivia: Seven Dead, Five Injured After Building Rail Failed University Students

Bolivia: Seven Dead, Five Injured After Building Rail Failed University Students

At least seven students died, while five were seriously injured on Tuesday after falling from the fourth floor of El Alto University building near the capital, La Paz in Bolivia.

 

Footage of the incident shows students crammed into a narrow passageway trying to enter an assembly hall before a metal railing gave way.

 

A metal railing can be seen giving way under the weight of the pushing and shoving students, with several plummeting to the concrete floor below at the El Alto university near La Paz.

Others clutched on to fellow students to stop their fall.

Bolivia: Seven Dead, Five Injured After Building Rail Failed University Students
Bolivia: Seven Dead, Five Injured After Building Rail Failed University Students

“From this accident, seven have died and five are in a critical state, some of them stabilised” in hospitals in the city of El Alto, near La Paz, Health Minister Jayson Auza said.

 

Interior Minister Eduardo del Castillo had earlier reported five deaths and three injuries related to the incident, but the total was revised after the Health Ministry reviewed the case details.

The injured and deceased were between the ages of 20 and 24.

 

Del Castillo said he had ordered an investigation into the accident.

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