DISTURBING footage shows a balcony railing collapsing today at a university killing at least five students, authorities said.
The young people were seen falling after the barrier buckled under the weight of dozens of people in a college in Bolivia.
The tragedy happened on the fourth floor of a building at the Public University of El Alto near La Paz.
Three of the students are being treated in intensive care after at least eight people fell, officials said.
Dramatic video footage showed a large group of students jostling for position on the crowded balcony before the railing gives way.
Interior Minister Eduardo Del Castillo tweeted: “So far we have a report of five dead and three people in intensive care after what happened at the #UPEA facilities.”
The accident occurred in the university’s financial sciences building, where students were gathered to attend an assembly.
It is not clear why so many students were allowed to gather outside the classroom during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Police have launched an investigation into the cause of the fatal accident.
Bolivian President Luis Arce said: “We regret the tragedy that occurred at the Public University of #ElAlto (UPEA), where there were several deaths and injuries.
“Our deepest condolences to the people of El Alto and to the suffering families. We await the prompt clarification of the facts.”