10 Injured When Tree Falls On Vanderbilt Campus

Posted at 1:02 PM, Dec 22, 2015

Several injuries were reported by witnesses after a large tree fell on the campus of Vanderbilt University.

The tree fell Monday afternoon in front of the Undergraduate Admissions Building located on West End Avenue. 

Vanderbilt officials told NewsChannel5 a total of 10 people were treated for injuries at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and four of them were transported there. All of them were in stable condition with non life-threatening injuries.

Eight people were discharged Tuesday, leaving only two hospitalized. They were being treated for non-critical injuries and were listed in stable condition.    

The incident happened during a Vanderbilt University admissions tour. 

About 120 prospective students and parents were leaving an information session from the Old Gym building. Part of the group had already started a tour, but others were waiting in the traffic circle between the Old Gym and Vanderbilt Hall off of West End Avenue when the tree came down about 11:15 a.m.

Witnesses reported hearing a loud crack and then seeing the tree fall near a group of people. They said a nearby fence shielded some from the tree.

Other witnesses were seen flagging ambulances on West End in an attempt to get help. Members of the Vanderbilt University Police Department, Metro Nashville Fire Department and Emergency Management Services responded.

Vanderbilt University officials said this in a statement.

"The roots of the large hackberry tree located on Alumni Lawn were alive, prompting officials to believe the weight of the rain-soaked tree caused it to fall."