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School had just returned at the private liberal arts college in Southwest Portland.

A 19-year-old man died and two 18-year-old women were hurt when a masonry column collapsed at Lewis & Clark College in Portland Monday night, Aug. 29.

Monday was the first day of classes at Lewis & Clark.

The column collapsed around 8:15 p.m. in a spot that was centrally located on campus, according to Portland Fire and Rescue officials. Six students had been in three hammocks that were attached to the columns when one column collapsed inward onto them. No one was pinned underneath the column but three of the six were hurt.

Campus security helped emergency responders get personnel and equipment to the scene. An ambulance crew arrived first and confirmed the death of the 19-year-old.

The two young women were taken to an area hospital for treatment of their injuries. One suffered an arm injury, the other an abdominal injury. Their exact conditions were not known as of Tuesday morning.

The names of those involved have not yet been released.

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