Notre Dame Student Filming Football Practice from Tower Killed in Collapse

10/28/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, US // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan

South Bend, IN—A University of Notre Dame student suffered fatal injuries in a freak accident Wednesday, October 27, 2010. The 20-year-old junior was filming the Fighting Irish practice when the tower he was standing in collapsed, according to information provided by Fox News.

Reports indicated Declan Sullivan, of Long Grove, Illinois, was standing in a hydraulic scissor lift and filming football practice when the tower toppled over. The injurious incident occurred at the LaBar practice complex. The lift, which landed on a nearby roadway, can be lowered or raised when needed.

Emergency medical services (EMS) personnel rushed Sullivan to a South Bend hospital. Sadly, he succumbed to his traumatic injuries and was pronounced dead at the medical center.

Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly stated, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Declan’s family and friends… 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,” Kelly added.

Brian Smith, senior linebacker for the Fighting Irish, expressed his sympathy via Twitter. “In the midst of a season where you are disappointed with the outcomes… you can lose sight of what’s most important. Sad day at Practice… I will never forget today,” said Smith.

Authorities are expected to conduct a full probe into what might have caused the tower to fall over. According to the National Weather Service, 51 mph wind gusts were reported in the area on that tragic day. An investigation will be required to determine whether winds were to blame for the fatal accident.

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