U of M Student Falls From Balcony at Fraternity House

Updated: 09/22/2013 1:16 PM KSTP.com By: Todd Wilson

An 18-year-old University of Minnesota student was taken to the hospital after he fell from a second-story balcony at an off-campus fraternity house on Saturday.

KSTP employee Mike Brannen points out what he saw while driving down the 1600 block of University Avenue. He says, out of the corner of his eye he sees a guy fall from a balcony. At first he says, he didn't believe what he saw.   

"At first I thought it was one of those bodies that they do in movie stunts, but that looked too real," he said.
Brannen quickly realized the fall was real. The young man was lying right outside the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity just blocks away from TCF Stadium.

Fire trucks and an ambulance blocked portions of University Avenue during the incident that happened around 1 p.m.  Several people tried to calm down another young man who was obviously shaken from the incident.

Brannen says, the kid was conscious and alive at the time he was taken away. "His leg moved a little bit. I know when they got him on the stretcher he moved his arm but I don't remember seeing his eyes," Brannen said.

Brannen says, it will be a while before he forgets something like this.

"It's traumatizing to just see someone fall like that and you don't know if they are alive or dead," Brannen said.

The man was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment.

The university released this statement Saturday: 

"We at the University of Minnesota are saddened to hear the news of a student falling from the balcony of an off-campus fraternity house. Our thoughts are with him and his family.  Staff from the University's Office for Student Affairs has reached out to his family and to members of the University's fraternity and sorority communities to offer support. We will continue to work closely with our fraternities and sororities and their members to foster an environment that is safe for our students and visitors."