Students injured when balcony collapses at Alabama beach house

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Six people suffered minor injuries Monday afternoon in a balcony collapse at a beach house in Gulf Shores, Ala. that had reportedly been rented by some TCU students on spring break.

A party was under way at the beach house when the home's rear wooden deck, which faces the Gulf of Mexico, collapsed, sending party-goers falling about 20 feet to the sand below, according to Sgt. Jason Woodruff, a spokesman with the Gulf Shores Police Department.

Woodruff said witnesses gave varying accounts of how many people were on the deck when the collapse occurred.

"They branch from anywhere from 15 to upwards of 50," Woodruff said.

Five college-age students were taken by ambulance to an area hospital and a sixth went by private vehicle, he said.

"They were minor, non life-threatening injuries," Woodruff said. "There were some possible broken bones but no obvious broken bones."

Woodruff said preliminary information at the scene indicated that the house was being rented by some TCU students. He said, however, that he did not know whether any TCU students were among the injured.

Lisa Albert, a TCU spokeswoman, said that the university is looking into the incident but are unsure whether TCU students were involved.

Deanna Boyd, (817) 390-7655

Twitter: @deannaboyd

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