Cornell Police investigating late-night car crash through architecture building wall

November 22, 2015 by Mark H. Anbinder

The driver was "seriously injured" but none of the students working inside were hurt when a car crashed through the wall of Rand Hall late Saturday night. The Cornell University Police Department says they're investigating the crash.

A car crashed through the wall of Cornell's Rand Hall late Saturday night. Incident photos courtesy of Steven Switzer.A car crashed through the wall of Cornell's Rand Hall late Saturday night. Incident photos courtesy of Steven Switzer.According to police, officers responded to the scene at 1:41am Sunday after a witness reported that a vehicle traveling north on East Avenue on the Cornell campus left the roadway, driving into the south wall of Rand Hall, which houses studios for the College of Architecture, Art & Planning on the Arts Quad.

Cornell Police say the driver was transported to the hospital by Bangs Ambulance for treatment, and the vehicle's passenger was evaluated by EMS personnel at the scene and declined transport.

According to the police, "the driver failed to navigate the curve just north of Lincoln Hall and left the roadway," while driving north on East Avenue. Both driver and passenger are Cornell University students.

Damage inside Rand Hall.Damage inside Rand Hall.The affected facility in the east end of Rand Hall is a shop annex where students can work on projects when the main shop is closed. No injuries were reported among the roughly 15 students in the building at the time, or among pedestrians in the area. Architecture students are known for working late into the night when projects are due.

Police say Rand Hall remains open on Sunday morning, with "limited access to the east end of the first floor." CUPD was assisted at the scene by the Ithaca Police Department, Cornell Environmental Health & Safety, Cornell EMS, Bangs Ambulance, Ithaca Fire Department, and New York State Police.

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