Police are investigating the death of a 20-year-old Durham University student who died after she was crushed under a fence that was reportedly pushed over by crowds trying to get into a Durham nightclub.
According to witnesses, the unidentified woman, 20, became trapped under the barrier which had toppled over as partygoers tried to barge there way into the Missoula nightclub. BBC reports that a Durham Police spokeswoman said: “The circumstances surrounding her death are unclear at this time.” Multiple witnesses spoke to The Tab to describe the incident.
The Missoula nightclub declined to comment, citing the ongoing police investigation. Phoenix Security, which runs security for the venue, also declined to comment.
A witness told the Northern Echo the barrier fell as people were moving in a queue to get in the bar. The venue holds what it claims to be Durham’s biggest student night on Wednesdays.
It is in the popular Walkergate area in the city centre, where there are a host of bars and restaurants. The North East Ambulance Service said it was called at about 23:50 GMT to reports of someone having suffered a “serious head injury”.
A spokeswoman said resuscitation attempts were made but “sadly the patient died at the scene”. Owen Adams, the university’s pro vice-chancellor of colleges and student experience, said support was being offered to students and staff.
Owen Adams, the university’s pro vice-chancellor of colleges and student experience said “We are extremely shocked and saddened by the death of a Durham University student.” Support is being offered to students and staff by the university.