A&M Rules Breached in Log Collapse
DALLAS--A Texas A&M official has confirmed that underclassmen were working high on the 40-foot log stack that collapsed last week, a breach of university guidelines.
Rusty Thompson, an administrator who previously served as an adviser in building the bonfire stack, said freshmen and sophomores were on the upper levels of the logs. That violates procedures set out in the 1994 "Bonfire Safety Handbook."
However, Thompson said he felt comfortable with the safety measures that were in place before last week's collapse that killed 12 people and injured 27 others.
"I don't think the fact that there were freshmen or sophomores on the stack was the reason it fell," Thompson said in yesterday's Dallas Morning News. "Something went wrong somewhere within that stack."
About 70 people were preparing the wood tower for the annual bonfire before the university's football game against rival Texas when the pile gave way last week. Eleven A&M students and a recent graduate were killed. Most of the victims were freshmen and sophomores.
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