At least one man was seriously hurt overnight when a celebration during VEISHEA week at Iowa State University got out of control. Crowds flipped cars, pulled down light poles and removed stop signs.
ISU President Steven Leath says his senior cabinet will meet Wednesday morning to talk about the situation and evaluate the rest of the week’s official activities.
It started around 11:30 Tuesday night when two large groups from Welch Avenue and Stanton Avenue converged. People threw objects at officers attempting to break up the crowd, according to Commander Geoff Huff of the Ames Police Department. Huff says, “We’re not sure what started it at this point.”
He goes on to say,”One person was injured when he was struck in the head with a falling light pole.”
Officers had to move the crowd so they could reach the injured person. Emergency crews took the person to meet a medical helicopter. Most of the crowd left after 12:30. A number of back-up officers had been called. At least two cars were flipped, two light poles downed and four stop signs removed.
In a statement released early Wednesday morning, President Leath says, “I was immediately made aware of the situation that began in Campustown shortly before midnight, and have continued to receive information over the past few hours from police and other staff. We are all distraught and disappointed over the events that have unfolded near campus overnight. I can confirm that one of our students has been seriously injured and his condition is unknown at this hour. Student Affairs staff have reached out to the family. At this time, I ask everyone to keep this student in your thoughts and prayers.”