Collapsed bleacher leaves six injured

By Ashley Helliwell
On September 13, 2012

Saturday during the ASU-Memphis home opener, the University Police Department responded to an accident that left at least six spectators injured after a bleacher had broken loose from its support.


UPD officer Keith Gilliam reported that the aluminum bleacher located in the student section on the east side of the stadium had broken loose from the concrete on the entire twelfth row.


Maria Biancmano, an ASU alumna, was sitting on the bleacher when it collapsed.


"I dont blame the school, ASU has always done an excellent job with the up-keep of the campus. You cant prepare yourself for something like that and after years of students getting rowdy, jumping and standing on the bleachers I expect the administration to prepare for contingencies like that," Biancmano said.


Biancmano attended the game with her roommate, Jessica Bailey who had fallen backwards striking her head.


"At first things were chaotic, with everyone trying to help Jessica up, but a senior nursing student had rushed up the bleachers to help," Biancmano said.


Biancmano expressed a great deal of appreciation for the student knowing exactly what to do and keeping Bailey calm.


"I didnt even know her name but have full respect for the nursing program at ASU after Saturday. There was no hesitation and had she not have been there, Jessicas injuries could have been worse," Biancmano said.

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