A female student at Durham University has died following a crushing incident outside a nightclub in the city.
The 20-year-old is understood to have died on Wednesday night following an incident outside the Missoula venue in Walkergate in the city centre.
Eyewitnesses described how the woman became trapped under a barrier which collapsed as students queued to get into the nightclub just before midnight.
It is thought the first year student suffered a head injury when she became trapped under the safety barrier.
Doormen at the venue reportedly made desperate attempts to resuscitate the woman but she sadly died.
Witnesses claimed that a large number of people were gathered outside the venue, but not being allowed in because it was already full.
One eyewitness told the Northern Echo: “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.
“She had lost consciousness and he started to give CPR and was helped by other doormen until the ambulance arrived. She sadly died.”
In a statement, North East Ambulance Service said: “We received a call at 23.50 to report an incident outside Missoula in Durham city centre in which someone had received a serious head injury.
“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 night club in Durham following an incident at about 11.55pm last night.”
Missoula hosts what it describes as ‘Durham’s Biggest Student Night’ every Wednesday and is open until 2am.
It attracts more than 600 students each week and is popular with members of the university’s sports societies.
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