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SIUE student injured in fall at Cougar Village

The student was drinking before he fell from the balcony, officials said.
The student was drinking before he fell from the balcony, officials said.

A student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville was injured after falling off a balcony in Cougar Village Sunday night.

According to SIUE Police, the student had been drinking and was hanging out with his friends when he fell from the top of the stairwell on the exterior of Building 529.

Witnesses told police he fell face-down onto concrete, but got right back up and walked normally.

By the time SIUE Police arrived, his friends had already taken him to Anderson Hospital in Maryville, which he had initially protested, according to the police report.

The student was treated in the emergency room with multiple stitches to the face, but did not sustain serious head injuries. He has since been released from the hospital. According to the report, he told police he was “embarrassed” by the incident.

SIUE spokesman Doug McIlhagga said the student was 21 years old, and thus was not in violation of alcohol laws.

According to the report, there was a large amount of blood at the scene, which was cleaned and sanitized by building service workers.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at edonald@bnd.com or 618-239-2507.

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