Engineering Report: ‘Construction Flaws’ Responsible For Trinity Deck Collapse

HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – An independent review of the deck collapse at an off-campus house owned by Trinity College in Hartford finds “construction flaws in some of the deck framing” was the primary cause of the collapse.

A party was occurring at the the home at 1713-1715 Broad Street on September 10, when the deck gave way, injuring 32 Trinity students. First-responders said at the time it was a miracle that no one was killed in the accident.

An independent report by Cirrus Structural Engineering, released Thursday by the college, says the two elevated decks on the rear of the home were “structurally deficient.”  The report estimates the decks were rebuilt sometime between 1990 and 2003. The home, owned by Trinity, but managed by an outside firm, was built in 1925.

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