Notre Dame student dies in accident on practice football field

by Julie Hail Flory

A 20-year old University of Notre Dame student died Wednesday (Oct. 27) in an accident that occurred on a practice football field when a film tower fell over.

The accident happened at approximately 4:50 p.m. at the LaBar Practice Complex, located on the southeast side of campus. The student was filming Notre Dame football practice for the Department of Athletics from a hydraulic scissor lift when the incident occurred. The student was transported to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, 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 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.