UMass Amherst Student Injured in Accidental Fall

AMHERST, Mass. - A 20-year-old sophomore at the University of Massachusetts was injured in a fall from the roof of Butterfield residence hall early this morning, April 27. The student, Thomas Degnan, of Marshfield, Mass., is hospitalized in critical condition at Baystate Medical Center.

According to University Police Chief John Luippold Jr., Degnan was apparently attempting to retrieve a flag from the roof of the residence hall and slipped as he made his way back into the building. Luippold says Degnan fell about 35 feet onto a patio on the level of the first floor of Butterfield.

University police were alerted to the accident at 2:14 a.m. and immediately responded, along with Amherst Fire Department ambulance personnel. Degnan was transported by helicopter to Baystate Medical Center, where he is being treated in the intensive care unit.

Luippold says police are questioning a witness to the accident as they continue their investigation.

Degnan, who is majoring in natural resources conservation at UMass, lives at Baker residence hall at UMass.