The annual Harvard University-Yale University football game is a longstanding tradition for the two Ivy League schools, stretching back to their first matchup in 1875.
As with most college football games, the pre-game tailgate is as much a part of the experience as the game itself. As The New York Times describes it, "Students, most of them with high SAT scores and low interest in football, lobby fiercely for the right to forsake their studious dignity for one Saturday morning and guzzle cheap beer while tromping in a muddy field. Some may eventually stumble into the Yale Bowl or Harvard Stadium; many others will not."
However, the Yale-hosted 2011 game was marred by a tragic accident that is still resonating more than two years later.
Shortly before 10 a.m. on gameday, Yale student Brendan Ross lost control of the U-Haul truck he was driving to his fraternity tailgate, striking three people. One woman — Nancy Barry — was killed, while the two other people — Sarah Short, a graduate student in Yale School of Management, and Elizabeth Dernbach, a computer lab assistant at Harvard — were hospitalized for their injuries.
In the Yale Daily News' coverage following the accident, the student newspaper describes the immediate chaos, quoting one student who said, "There was a wave of screams when we saw the truck was going through the crowd, then a lot of 'Oh my God' and 'What the hell is going on?'"
Another student told the Daily News she saw bodies on the ground, "one of which was not moving."
However, the Daily News reported, "as conflicting reports of the incident spread among students and alumni, the tailgate continued throughout the morning largely uninterrupted. The music stopped after the crash, but as rumors spread that the injuries were not serious, the music and partying resumed." ...read more
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