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Five Bolivian students die and three injured as fourth-storey railing collapses over stairwell

At least five students have died and three are seriously injured after they plummeted down a four-storey stairwell when a railing collapsed at a Bolivian university.

A large group of youngsters at the University of El Alto were crowding outside a protest meeting when the metal barrier snapped.

Horrifying footage shows the moment the thronging crowd trying to enter the student assembly on Tuesday.

At least five students have died and three are seriously injured after they plummeted down a four-storey stairwell when a railing collapsed at a Bolivian university

Two women and one man were killed by the fall, while five other men were taken to hospital.

Two of them have since died as a result of their injuries. 

The university and police have launched an investigation into the cause of the accident.

Bolivian President Luis Arce said: 'We regret the tragedy that occurred at the Public University of #ElAlto (UPEA), where there were several deaths and injuries.

'Our deepest condolences to the people of El Alto and to the suffering families. We await the prompt clarification of the facts.'

A large group of youngsters at the University of El Alto were crowding outside a protest meeting when the metal barrier snapped

Horrifying footage shows the moment the thronging crowd trying to enter the student assembly on Tuesday

Many have questioned why so many students were allowed to gather in proximity to each other while Covid-19 restrictions are still in place.

The assembly was held in the Business Administration building where students were protesting over financial issues.

A university administrator said assemblies have been temporarily banned due to the pandemic and he was unsure why so many students were allowed in. 

Two women and one man were killed by the fall, while five other men were taken to hospital

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