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WSU student in critical condition after falling from dorm window

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017, 10:25 p.m.

WSU’s Pullman campus, seen from above. (Shawn Jacobson / The Spokesman-Review)
WSU’s Pullman campus, seen from above. (Shawn Jacobson / The Spokesman-Review)

An 18-year-old Washington State University student is in critical condition after falling out of a second-story window early Thursday morning.

The student fell out of a window in a Pullman campus residence hall, Duncan Dunn Hall, just before 2 a.m., when he apparently was in the room alone, said WSU Assistant Police Chief Steve Hansen.

The student was originally taken to Pullman Regional Hospital before being flown to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Hansen said.

The circumstances of the fall are still under investigation, he said.

The incident is just the latest in a series of serious falls on the campus, many of which have taken place at fraternity or sorority houses.

Exactly a year ago, on Aug. 24, a 22-year-old man from Hayden Lake fell roughly 30 feet from the roof of WSU’s Kappa Delta sorority. Reports said that alcohol was involved. The man sustained injuries that were not life-threatening.

Two weeks later, on Sept. 10, a 19-year-old student fell from a balcony in the 800 block of Northeast Monroe Street. He initially refused treatment, but later committed himself to Pullman Regional Hospital.

At least four students injured themselves in falls while drinking in 2015. In 2012, five were hurt in similar fashion, according to newspaper archives.


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