A 20-year-old Notre Dame student died on Wednesday after a video tower collapsed on him while he was filming the football team’s afternoon practice. According to multiple reports, the accident occurred at approximately 4:50 p.m. after winds had been gusting up to 51 miles per hour.
The student was immediately transported to Memorial Hospital in South Bend where he later died.
"We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss," said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame's president. "Our hearts go out to the student's family and friends and our prayers and profound sympathies are with them during this incredibly difficult time. The loss of someone so young is a terrible shock and a great sadness. Our entire community shares in the family's grief."
Notre Dame did not release the student’s name, pending notification of his family members.
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Strong winds had been reported around campus all week long, and head coach Brian Kelly even went as far as to move practice indoors for the first time this season when morning storms hit South Bend on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the team returned to practicing outdoors.