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Bonfire Students Crushed to Death

November 18, 1999

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) _ A large stack of logs assembled for a college’s pregame bonfire collapsed early today, killing at least three students and injuring many others.

Dozens of Texas A&M University students were on top of the logs when the accident happened early this morning, according to university officials.

As many as 75 students had been transported to St. Joseph Regional Health Center, according to the Bryan-College Station Eagle newspaper.

At the hospital, spokesman Bill Hyer said there were reports that more students were still trapped in the structure’s rubble, but he declined to release further details.

Officials were performing head counts at the university’s residence halls in an effort to account for everybody who may have been working on the structure.

A bonfire is built each year by A&M students to show their burning desire to beat archrival University of Texas in football. The tradition goes back 90 years.

The accident was the third disaster related to Texas A&M this fall.

On Sept. 18, five people were killed in the crash of a plane used by the Ags Over Texas skydiving club, often used by Texas A&M University students and alumni.

On Oct. 10, six college students walking to a fraternity party about two miles west of the campus were killed by a pickup truck driver who had fallen asleep, police said. The victims were four students from Baylor University, one from Texas A&M and one from Southwest Texas State.

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