WINONA, Minn. (FOX 47) -- A weekend that is normally a celebratory occasion quickly became a serious situation on Saturday after a second-story apartment deck collapsed at Winona State University.
It happened just after 2:30 p.m. on the 100 block of West Mark Street during a homecoming celebration.
The Winona Police Department says at least eight people were on the deck when it fell. Eyewitnesses believe more than 20 were partying on the deck when it toppled to the ground.
Police believe most of the people involved were college students.
Eight people were injured after the collapse, including one girl who got caught underneath the debris.
"She had some vertebrae broken and she has a bunch of scratches and her brother or something that was just here had like a huge gouge," said Liz Ristau, a neighbor of the victims.
Four were transported to the hospital and one person was later admitted and treated. Those who were present at the time of the collapse say that fellow students took no time to rush to the aid of those that fell.
When officials arrived on the scene, they say students were hoisting people who were left stranded in the second story window.
"That was pretty unsafe so I kinda cleared that up and kept the people up in the apartment until we were able to get rescue there to bring them down in more of a safer way," said Sgt. Kevin Kearney of Winona Police Department.
Kearney said four people were transported to a hospital Sunday afternoon and others went to there on their own. Kearney says it's not clear how many people were on the second-story deck when it gave way.
Winona Health says of eight people treated there, one was transferred to another facility for a higher level of care.
Police are still investigating what could have caused the deck to collapse.
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