A section of floor of a building under construction at Temple University buckled Thursday afternoon, sending one person to the hospital with unspecified injuries that were described as not life-threatening.
"I heard the rattling. I thought it was a car accident," said Temple junior Maria Macri, 21, who was leaving class in a nearby building when the steel beam tumbled. "I could see smoke coming up, and debris."
The structure at 12th Street and Polett Walk is currently a six-story skeleton. Initial indications were that a failed connector on the fifth floor caused the beam to fall, according to Temple spokesman Ray Betzner.