PISCATAWAY—Police responded Monday to the collapse of the Center for Textile Engineering on Busch Campus. Located in the shadow of the cogeneration power plant, the building dated back to the Vietnam War, when it was intended to be a temporary structure.
At the scene, screams of those trapped could be heard through the rubble, all the way to the police line twenty yards away. An eternity passed in the minutes the heavy rescue team took to clear the debris safely. The team was able to recover all the people trapped within.
In an unexpected turn of events, the trapped persons turned out to be thirty young children, registered by the school as exchange students from Indonesia and Cambodia. Seven died and twenty were severely injured. Investigators have yet to determine whether these casualties were the result of the collapse alone.
In response to this shocking news, the Textile Engineering Department issued the following:
“It is a great tragedy that Rutgers has lost lives this week in the collapse of the Center for Textile Engineering. The students, all visiting from abroad, were dedicated, hard workers and will be sorely missed. They would spend all day in the Textiles Lab, perfecting their craft.
“Unfortunately, these industrious youths and their peers will be abandoning their projects while they mourn and recover. To this, students should expect no more free apparel from the University.”
This collapse has drawn the eye of Campus Facilities to the Packaging Engineering and Rutgers Formula Racing structure, also an unsafe edifice. Nothing is planned before those buildings, too, collapse and kill people.