Pennsylvania student dies in fall from crane on college campus

HARRISBURG Pa. Sun Aug 24, 2014 11:07pm EDT

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HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - Authorities in Pennsylvania said Sunday they were trying to determine whether a freshman at Penn State University fell or jumped to his death from a crane on a construction site on the State College campus.

Jack Crean, 18, of Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, landed on pavement after the late Saturday or early Sunday fall from the 85 foot (26 meter) crane, Centre County Deputy Coroner Judy Pleskonko said.

Crean was found dead around 11 a.m. local time Sunday by Penn State University Police.

"It's a sorrowful start to the academic year and our hearts go out to Jack’s family and friends," University spokeswoman Lisa Powers said.

An autopsy was being performed Sunday to determine the cause of death. Results were not expected for 4-6 weeks, Pleskonko said.

Crean was due to begin his first classes Monday along with thousands of other incoming first-year students. Penn State's main campus has about 45,000 students, of whom about 35,000 are undergraduates.

Crean had just moved into a dormitory on the campus, Pleskonko said. His death does not appear suspicious and an investigation has been launched, she said.

(Editing by Victoria Cavaliere; Editing by Paul Tait)

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Comments (3)
JimDel wrote:
What an awful thing with my condolences and prayers going out to the family of this young man. This proves the danger of all those Youtube videos of young people doing outrageous things without any concerns for safety. Yeah, some people have a natural knack to push the envelope but even they get hurt or killed occasionally. Nothing will bring back Jack Crean but let’s hope that this tragedy leads to others taking pause before considering or engaging in such dangerous activities.

Aug 24, 2014 11:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MonitorLizard wrote:
Maybe a get-to-know your roomies, hazing thing?

Aug 25, 2014 6:49am EDT  --  Report as abuse
McLovin3533 wrote:
An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death? Seriously?

Aug 25, 2014 9:03am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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