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 TCU students on spring break.

A party was under way when a deck that faces the Gulf of Mexico collapsed, sending partygoers falling about 20 feet to the sand, 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 it collapsed.

"Anywhere from 15 to upwards of 50," Woodruff said.

Five college-age students were taken by ambulance to a 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 indicates that TCU students rented the house. He said, however, that he did not know whether any TCU students were among the injured.

School spokeswoman Lisa Albert said the university isn't sure whether TCU students were involved.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655

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