N.D. Declan Sullivan Sends Tweets Before Accident

Workplace safety officials in Indiana are investigating the death of a Notre Dame student who was killed when the hydraulic lift he was on collapsed in heavy winds. 20-year-old Declan Sullivan was videotaping football practice from 50-feet up Wednesday when the lift toppled over.

Now it turns out Sullivan tweeted concerns about his safety. He was joking in the first one:

"Gusts of wind up to 60 mph. Well today will be fun at work. I guess I’ve lived long enough."

But he wasn't laughing 40 minutes later:

"Holy ---. Holy ---. This is terrifying."

Around 45 minutes after that post, the lift collapsed, crashing through a fence and landing on a street that runs between two athletic facilities.

Sullivan died later at a nearby hospital.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Declan's family and friends," Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly said in a release. "Declan was a diligent student worker in our video department and had a tremendous personality and great sense of humor. He brightened the days for all that had the privilege to work with him, and the Notre Dame football family will dearly miss him."

The National Weather Service said winds were gusting at around 51 mph at the time of the accident.


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