Slope Day file photo. Courtesy of Cornell

Update 3:30 p.m. —

One male patient was flown to a regional trauma center during Cornell’s Slope Day celebrations on Thursday after he fell down a staircase while trying to vomit, according to the Ithaca Police Department.

Around 12:37 p.m., law enforcement were called to the intersection of College Avenue and Dryden Road in Collegetown for a person who was “lying on the ground and was breathing but (was) unconscious.”

The patient had been cut above his left eye. He was found “bleeding heavily.”

The patient’s friends told police that the patient had “leaned over to vomit and in doing so fell forward into the stairway of a building,” according to a news release from the Ithaca Police Department.

Bangs Ambulance and the Ithaca Fire Department responded to the scene.

“Bangs Ambulance transported the subject to a nearby landing zone, where he was ultimately flown via helicopter to a regional trauma center. No foul play is suspected in this incident.”

Earlier —

Ithaca, N.Y. — The Tompkins County 911 Dispatch Center has already received “dozens” of calls for emergency help overwhelmingly due to Slope Day festivities at Cornell.


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One call has led law enforcement to set up a landing zone at East Hill Plaza for someone who was injured in Collegetown.

A dispatcher couldn’t confirm what happened but said that it was suspected to be for a student who sustained a head injury during the Slope Day celebration.

Slope Day file photo. Courtesy of Cornell

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“It’s pretty chaotic,” the dispatcher said.

The dispatcher said calls began coming in at around 9 a.m. for noise complaints in the city of Ithaca. But a huge increase in call volumes came around noon, dispatchers said.

“We have a whole lot of drunk students in Collegetown,” the dispatcher said.

There probably haven’t been 100 emergency calls yet for Collegetown, dispatcher said, but that number is not out of the question for later in the day.

Among the dispatch reports we’ve heard:

— “Got a subject lying on the floor, minor head laceration.”

— Someone was too drunk on Cornell’s North Campus.

— College-aged male sustained a head injury outside of Collegetown Bagels.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.