November 22, 2015

Vehicle Crashes Into Rand Hall Early Sunday

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Updated Sunday at 3:30 p.m. with additional information

One student is left with serious injuries following an early Sunday morning vehicle crash into Rand Hall, according to the Cornell University Police Department.

Authorities responded to a report of a single vehicle crashing into Rand Hall at approximately 1:40 a.m. Sunday. Police say they believe that the vehicle, a silver-colored sedan, was traveling northbound on East Avenue when the driver missed the curve north of Lincoln Hall, left the road and crashed into the south wall of Rand Hall.

The driver and one passenger of the vehicle were both freshmen at Cornell, according to an email sent to students from Prof. Kent Kleinman, dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning.

The driver, who sustained serious injuries, was transported by ambulance to a regional medical center and remains in stable condition, according to police. The passenger, who was evaluated on the scene by Cornell Emergency Medical Services and Bangs Ambulance and initially declined transport to the hospital, was later treated for minor injuries.

None of the 15 people inside Rand Hall or pedestrians in the area at the time of the crash were hurt.

Cornell Police, the Ithaca Police Department, Cornell Environmental Health and Safety, Cornell EMS, Bangs Ambulance, the Ithaca Fire Department and New York State Police responded to the accident.

Workers were on the scene hours after the crash, surveying the extent of the damage to Rand Hall. (Annie Bui / Sun Managing Editor)

Workers were on the scene hours after the crash, surveying the extent of the damage to Rand Hall. (Annie Bui / Sun Managing Editor)

A single vehicle carrying two people crashed into the south wall of Rand Hall early Sunday morning. (Annie Bui / Sun Managing Editor)

A single vehicle carrying two people crashed into the south wall of Rand Hall early Sunday morning. (Annie Bui / Sun Managing Editor)

Rand Hall is open “with limited access to the east end of the first floor,” according to police. Workers and authorities were present at the scene hours after the crash, evaluating the extent of the damage.

According to Kleinman, an inspection of the building found no structural damage nor any danger from falling debris.

“The Rand shop will maintain standard operating hours and should be fully functional except that the affected area will be cordoned off with yellow tape,” he said.

Ryan Lombardi, vice president for student and campus life, extended his support and caring to the students involved in the accident, their friends and family on behalf of the Cornell community.

“I hope that the students who were in Rand Hall and any other individuals who may have been affected by the accident will consider the services listed below, which are available always, for all of us,” he said.

An investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing, and authorities are seeking further information from witnesses.

University Resources: Members of the Cornell community seeking support can call Gannett Health Services’ Counseling and Psychological Services (607-255-5155), EARS’ peer counselors (607-255-3277), the Faculty Staff Assistance Program (607-255-2673) or find additional resources at caringcommunity.cornell.edu.

3 thoughts on “Vehicle Crashes Into Rand Hall Early Sunday

  1. “How do we share the space on our streets equitably between pedestrians, cyclists and motorists?” (Streetfilms) We implement a safer speed limit.
    To improve safety for all people on campus, we need to push NYS to allow a speed limit change. Such a change isn’t just about signage and enforcement, it will allow better street design, such as raised crosswalks/speed tables designed for 20mph and other traffic calming measures. #20isPlenty

  2. I’m curious to know what the driver’s speed was prior to the crash–in time we’ll find out from the black box data. Speed limit improvements won’t eliminate all crashes, but will reduce the number and severity of them overall.
    We don’t yet know why this driver failed to negotiate a simple curve, but I am surprised with how many people driving are selfishly using their phones or speeding that more people are not injured on campus.
    If you’re riding with a friend, make sure they are not Driving Under the Influence of their mobile phone.

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