A student of Durham University has died after suffering a ‘serious head injury’ outside a nightclub in the city.
Olivia Burt, a natural sciences student in her first year of studies, died in an accident involving a metal barrier, which fell onto her outside the nightclub Missoula.
A large number of people were said to have been pushing to enter the venue, which holds a popular weekly event, when the incident occurred.
One witness described the panic as one of the security staff ran over to Burt
The barrier fell onto the 20 year old student just before midnight outside the nightclub in the popular Walkergate area.
Witnesses described panic as Burt was hit by the barrier amidst a large group of students waiting to gain entry into the venue. It has been reported that the student was on a night out with the Durham University Sailing Club.
Security staff and paramedics made desperate attempts to resuscitate Burt, however she was pronounced dead outside the venue.
One witness described the panic as one of the security staff ran over to Burt and used his shirt in an attempt to slow the bleeding. He also said that the barrier may have been pushed by the people in the queue.
Olivia Burt was described as an excellent student and an “all-round lovely soul”
Another witness discussed people being evacuated from the nightclub shortly after the incident around midnight.
Olivia Burt was described as an excellent student by Professor David Held, master of University College, Durham, who had an “outstanding academic record and was an exceptional sportswoman”.
Her friends described her as an “all-round lovely soul”.
An investigation has been launched to establish the circumstances and causes of the incident. It will be headed by Durham Constabulary and Durham County Council, in conjunction with the venue.