Student critical after balcony fall near U of M

 MINNEAPOLIS - A 19-year-old student has survived a fall from a fifth-floor balcony near the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus.

Police say the teen was critically injured when he fell from the balcony at the FloCo Fusion apartments in the Minneapolis neighborhood of Dinkytown near campus Saturday about 10 p.m.

University of Minnesota animal science junior Claire Steffenhagen told the Minnesota Daily she was walking by FloCo when she saw the accident’s aftermath.

“There was a guy who was laying on his stomach,” she said. “And we looked up, and everyone was just packed on that balcony, looking down. The paramedics came five or ten minutes later and people started flooding the courtyard, wondering what was happening.”

Steffenhagen says she gave pitchers of water to paramedics to wash blood off the man, she said.

“I heard him breathing really hard. I just saw blood around him. It was really upsetting,” Steffenhagen said. 

The teen was rushed to Hennepin County Medical Center. Police say the fall doesn't appear to be a criminal act.


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