A female student at Durham University has sadly died following a crushing incident outside of a nightclub in the city.
The student aged 20 sadly died on Wednesday night following an incident outside the Missoula venue in Walkergate in the city centre.
Police Hour understands that the woman became trapped under a barrier which had collapsed as students waited to get inside the nightclub just before midnight.
It is believed the student was in her first year of university suffered a head injury when she became trapped under a safety barrier.
Doormen at the venue acted very quickly and made desperate attempts to save her life, they performed resuscitation but sadly she died.
A large number of students were waiting to get inside the nightclub, they were not allowed in because the venue was already full.
The Northern Echo newspaper was told “I was stood in the queue to get into the club. “People were barging to get in. The queue has gone around the fence and as they pushed to get in it caused the fence to fall over.
“The girl was trapped under the fence and crushed. There was a fair bit of panic. One of the security men at the nightclub ran toward her and took his shirt off to stem the bleeding from her head.
They’ve released a statement confirming “CPR was in progress and we sent three resources, including our HART team, as well as on officer, and sadly the patient died at the scene.”
A spokesman for Durham Police said: “Officers are investigating the death of a student. The 19-year-old Durham University student died in the vicinity of Missoula nightclub in Durham following an incident at about 11.55pm last night.”
A spokesperson for Durham Constabulary said: “We were alerted to an incident in Walkergate, Durham at 11.53pm last night.
“A 20-year-old woman had suffered serious injuries in the vicinity of the Missoula night club.
“Ambulance crews assisted by police officers attended to the casualty but sadly she was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this time.
“Officers cordoned off the area, which was busy at the time, and an investigation was launched into the circumstances leading up to the tragedy.
“The area remains cordoned off and police staff are liaising with university staff and students.”
A post mortem examination is due to be carried out this afternoon to try to establish a cause of death. A formal identification of the deceased is yet to take place.