SOUTH BEND - A 21-year-old male and student of Notre Dame died Wednesday afternoon when a video tower at the south end of the Notre Dame practice field collapsed in the high winds.
The accident happened at approximately 4:50 p.m. at the LaBar Practice Complex. The student was filming the Notre Dame football practice for the department of athletics from a hydraulic scissor lift when the accident happened.
The student was transported to Memorial Hospital, where he later died.
"We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss," said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame's president. "Our hearts go out to the student's family and friends and our prayers and profound sympathies are with them during this incredibly difficult time. The loss of someone so young is a terrible shock and a great sadness. Our entire community shares in the family's grief."
The tower, which stands well above the top of the goalposts, is reportedly crumpled in the street between the practice field and the tennis courts.
Winds have reportedly been gusting up to 51 mph during the past hour, according to WSBT-TV meteorologist Rick Mecklenburg.
The cause of the accident is under investigation. The University is making pastoral care and grief counseling available to students.
The identity of the student is not being released pending notification of family members.