The floor of a condominium clubhouse near Clemson University collapsed during a large private party early Sunday, hurtling dozens of people into the basement, authorities said.
About 30 people were taken to local hospitals after the center of the floor caved in at the clubhouse near the South Carolina university. Clemson City Police said nobody was trapped and none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.
Video posted on social media shows a large part of the first floor falling as people danced, causing many of them to tumble to the floor below.
Clemson sophomore Larissa Stone told the Independent Mail of Anderson that the room was “packed” and a popular song was playing when the floor collapsed.
“So everyone was jumping. The beat was about to drop and literally the whole floor collapsed,” she said. “It happened so quickly. I stood up, and everyone was trying to climb out. People are under other people. People are hurt. People are bleeding. I had blood on my sneakers. It was really bad.”
Partygoers screamed, and those who didn’t fall stood around the remaining edges of the floor and stared below in shock. Some people standing on the sidelines pulled out their cellphones to record the floor collapse.
A witness who attended the party said people were jumping and he heard a sudden “boom.”
“All you seen was falling, everybody’s hands up in the air,” Franzie Pendergrass told WYFF News 4.
Leroy Pearson said he went to try to help injured people and saw what he thought looked like broken ankles and legs.
“It was crazy,” Pearson said.
Police said the clubhouse at The Woodlands, about three miles from Clemson, had been leased for a private party.
Property manager Tal Slann told The Associated Press that the condominium complex was built in 2004-2005. He said he could not comment on whether there was a limit on the number of people who were supposed to use the clubhouse at one time.
“I can tell you there was a party. I can tell you there was a floor collapse. There were injuries. They were not life-threatening. Nobody was trapped,” he said.
Police said they were called about 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Ambulances rushed to the scene.
Slann sent residents of The Woodlands an email saying the floor in front of the clubhouse fireplace had collapsed during a party.
“The Clubhouse and pool area is OFF LIMITS to all,” said a copy of the email texted to the AP. “The clubhouse will be inspected by structural engineers as soon as possible. From there, the homeowner’s association will determine how to rebuild the clubhouse to make it safe for all residents. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who were injured and we apologize for any inconvenience.”
Former Michigan State Star Receiver Charles Rogers Dead at 38
Former Michigan State Spartans and Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers has reportedly passed away at 38 years old.
Rogers’ former teammate Chris Baker confirmed the news on social media, after speaking with the family.
Rogers was a superstar at Michigan State, putting together an incredible two-year run with the Spartans. He still holds school record for his 27 touchdowns, as well as owning the record for most receiving yards in a game with 270.
Randy Moss held an NCAA record for 13 consecutive games with a touchdown catch, until Rogers broke the record during his career.
Across two seasons, Rogers caught 135 passes for 2,821 yards and 27 touchdowns.
In 2002, Rogers won the Fred Biletnikoff Award for being the top receiver in the nation and was a unanimous All-American.
Rogers made one of the great catches in history of college football in a game against Notre Dame, beating double-coverage to make a remarkable catch at the back of the end zone.
Following his collegiate career, Rogers was selected with the second overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.
Due to a combination of injury and substance-abuse related issues, Rogers’ NFL career never quite panned out, as he played 15 games across three seasons before being forced into early retirement.
Rogers is survived by his eight children and mother Cathy.
Joe Burrow Cements Heisman Case by Beating Alabama Crimson Tide on the Road
Joe Burrow has been incredible this season for the LSU Tigers, leading them to an undefeated record, beating three other ranked teams along the way.
Still, his toughest task came this weekend when Burrow was set to play the Alabama Crimson Tide on the road.
Burrow proved up to the challenge, turning in another incredible performance to lead the Tigers past Alabama for their ninth-straight victory.
Burrow threw three touchdown passes in the first half, as LSU scored 33 points against the Alabama. They carried a huge 33-13 lead into halftime.
By the end of the game, Burrow had completed 31 of his 39 passes for 393 yards and once again did not throw any interceptions. He now has an amazing 33:4 touchdown to interception ratio on the season.
Alabama did score 14 unanswered points coming out of the half to turn it into a game, but the Tigers held serve and found a way to win in the fourth quarter by scoring two more touchdowns.
Nick Saban’s teams always are incredible defensively, especially when playing at home. That defense is why the Crimson Tide carried a 31-game home winning streak coming into this contest.
Being able to hang 46 points against that defense is no small feat for Burrow and the Tigers.
With that victory, LSU should now be in the driver’s seat when it comes to the College Football Playoff.
Ohio State was ranked No. 1 coming into this week, but a victory over Alabama should move LSU into that top spot. But even if it doesn’t, LSU plays three unranked teams to close out their season, with two of those games coming at home.
As long as LSU handles business, the Tigers should finish with a 12-0 record and will be set to play in the SEC Championship against Florida or Georgia.
While this victory means a lot for LSU’s season, it was a huge hurdle for the Tigers and head coach Ed Orgeron to climb over the past eight years. Which made beating Alabama a very emotional experience for Orgeron.
LSU is looking like the team of destiny this year, but there is still plenty of work to do for them to become National Champions. For now though, they have to be considered the favorites.
Undefeated No. 17 Minnesota Proves They’re Legit, Beating No. 4 Penn State
The Minnesota Golden Gophers have been dominant all season long, winning each of their first eight matchups.
Despite all of their success and being one of the nation’s seven undefeated teams, Minnesota was still far on the outside looking in when it came to the College Football Playoff. They were ranked No. 17, just cracking the top-25.
Saturday presented a great chance for the Golden Gophers to rise in those rankings, as they were set to face No. 4 Penn State. Playing at home, Minnesota stunned the Nittany Lions, winning 31-26.
Minnesota jumped out to an early lead, taking a 24-13 lead into the half. A big reason for the early lead was that Penn State’s quarterback, Sean Clifford, really struggled against the Golden Gophers secondary.
Clifford threw two first half interceptions, which resulting in 14 Minnesota points.
Clifford completed 24 of his 43 passes, for 340 yards and one touchdown. On the other hand, Minnesota’s quarterback Tanner Morgan played a near perfect game.
Morgan completed all but two of his 20 passes for 339 yards and three touchdowns. He also played turnover-free football.
This victory likely marks the end of Penn State’s playoff hopes and just might inch Minnesota closer to being put in the conversation to go to the College Football Playoff.
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