A&M Responds To Off-Campus Bonfire Accident

By: News Staff Email
By: News Staff Email

An accident over the weekend at student bonfire caused Texas A&M to release the following statement.

“Texas A&M University has continued to discourage the construction of any off-campus bonfires, primarily out of concern for the safety of our students. This is a non-sanctioned student activity, and University officials do not participate in the off-campus bonfire construction in any capacity.”

It was supposed to be the last cut day of the year for student bonfire workers; a day for crews to cut their last log, carve their names on it, and go home.

Instead of heading for home, one of those students was flown to the hospital.

The Robertson County Sheriff's Office says the Aggie was flown to St. Joseph Regional Health Center shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Bonfire leaders believe the male student may have fractured or broken his leg. They are not releasing his name.

Bonfire workers were cutting down the final logs that will be used to decorate the outside of the stack once it is finished.

Students say the worker who was injured was moving a log with other students when he lost his balance, and that the log eventually landed on his leg.

Bonfire leaders say there have been no other major accidents this year because of their strict guidelines

"One of those aspects is banning alcohol completely. Nobody is allowed out here with alcohol or even if they've been drinking. We don't tolerate horseplay and messing around. There's a lot of supervision," said Nick Kaechler, President of Student Bonfire.

Stacking the bonfire will begin this Wednesday, with burning on November 22nd.

This will be the third year student bonfire has been held in Robertson county.

The event has been unsanctioned by Texas A&M University since the bonfire collapse in 1999.

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