This is the scariest college fb-related Halloween wk. story I've ever heard. This tragedy is on a level with the Texas A&M bonfire deaths & the Army-Navy Game Veterans Stadium section collapse a few yrs ago.
My sympathies & prayers are with Sullivan's family for their loss.
ESPN Outside the Lines is reporting this as I post.
Notre Dame student Declan Sullivan who was killed in high winds in South Bend sent tweets before FB practice & during practice (it's unclear if they were from
the hydraulic lift) just moments before his fall & death.
Per the AP article, before practice he tweeted:
"Gusts of wind up to 60 mph. Well today will be fun at work. I guess I've lived long enough."
During practice 44 mins. after the 1st tweet:
"Holy (expletive deleted). Holy (expletive deleted). This is terrifying."
The AP article reports the ND administration was evasive during the press conference after they had issued an earlier statement that weather conditions were "unremarkable," saying they sidestepped questions about the twitter feed answering instead about the safety of the lift itself which is being re-inspected now.
ND AD Jack Swarbrick said later "There is a lot to learn here.... we will learn it all." A strong wind advisory had been issued before the practice. Sullivan's lift collapsed after high wind gusts sent all kinds of "equipment swirling around the practice field" said Swarbrick. A strong gust of at least 51 MPH toppled the lift.
It was also revealed that he was a ND employee hired to videotape the practices. IDK about Indiana state law but the liability here would seem to be wholly with NDU.
Their forthcoming game vs. Tulsa was not canceled after previous indications were that it would be postponed or canceled.