Four killed after balcony collapses in western France

Balcony plunges more than nine metres to the ground in French city of Angers

 

Four people died and several others were seriously injured after a balcony at the housewarming they were attending in the western French city of Angers collapsed, plunging more than nine metres to the ground.

The accident happened late on Saturday night. Police said the dead and injured were all in their early 20s and were mostly students.

Europe1 radio said 18 people were on the balcony when it collapsed about 11pm. As it fell, the structure smashed off two lower floor balconies. The building was said to have been built within the last 15 years.

Michel Pichon, director at Angers hospital, said 11 people were admitted for treatment and several had serious but not life-threatening injures.

The local prefect, Beatrice Abollivier, told France Info: “It’s a recent building and the balcony was on the third floor.” She said no details were being given of the victims but they were all young people.

Fire services evacuated other residents of the building on Sunday.

Guardian service