Student Injured after Accident at Fraternity House

A WCU student remains listed in critical but stable condition at an Asheville hospital after falling off a wall at a fraternity house early Saturday morning.

Andrew Thomas Carter, 19, fell off a 10-foot wall beside a sunken driveway leading to a room on the lower level of the Sigma Nu house, according to Gene McAbee, WCU director of public safety.

Carter hit the ground headfirst, said Thomas Pruett, chief of university police. WCU EMS responded to the scene minutes after receiving a call at 12:22 am on Saturday morning. WestCare EMS also responded and helped to stabilize Carter, who was unconscious but still breathing.

After emergency crews stabilized Carter, they brought him to the site where the Fine and Performing Arts Center will be constructed, and a Medivac helicopter from Mission St. Joseph’s Hospital transported him to Asheville.

Carter remains in intensive care with brain injuries described by doctors as “diffuse,” meaning that they are in different locations throughout his brain. He is breathing with the aid of a respirator. After he has been stable for three to five days, said McAbee, physicians will determine what needs to be done to alleviate his condition.