Washinton State University Student Survives 11-Story Fall From Dorm Room

A 22-year-old student at Washington State University fell 11 stories from a residence hall on the Pullman campus and survived, according to a university spokesman.

According to NBC News, the student fell from an 11th-story window of a room in Orton Hall at around 10 p.m. reported the website of campus radio station KQQQ.

University spokesman Darin Watkins reported to the Spokane Spokesman-Review that the male junior was flown by helicopter to the Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

“It’s almost miraculous he’s alive and we’re really hoping for the best,” Watkins told the newspaper.

The Spokesman Review reported that the student landed in grass after trees, that were next to the building, broke his fall. The student was even conscious when medical teams arrived on the scene.


Campus police say that the use of alcohol was not involved in the incident and foul play is not suspected.

This will be the fourth fall this semester that have involved students at Washington State University or the nearby University of Idaho, according to KQQQ and the Spokesman-Review. The other three falls, however, were alcohol-related, authorities reported.

A 22-year-old Washington State University student was injured in a fall on Sept. 28 when he fell from the third-story balcony of an off-campus apartment in Pullman. A 19-year-old WSU student was injured in a three-story fall on Sept. 14 at a fraternity. A 21-year-old University of Idaho student was injured in a two-story fall on Sept. 12 at his fraternity.

Washington State University is a public university that is based in Pullman in eastern Washington about 75 miles south of Spokane near the Idaho state line. There are about 21,000 students that go to the Pullman campus.