Ceremony Thursday over 1999 A&M bonfire collapse

In this Nov. 18, 1999 photo shows Texas A&M students and rescue workers gathered at the base of the collapsed bonfire stack as the search continues for victims in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

November 17, 2010 11:17:40 AM PST
Mourners will gather to mark the 11th anniversary of the deadly bonfire stack collapse at Texas A&M University. A ceremony was planned for 2:42 a.m. CST Thursday at the campus collapse site, the same time when on Nov. 18, 1999, the log pile fell. The accident killed 12 Aggies and left 27 hurt.

The annual bonfire, which began in 1909, was the ultimate tradition for many Aggies. A commission that investigated the collapse found that students had been cutting corners in construction for years and school officials had failed to adequately supervise them.

No single person or group was blamed for the accident.

A bonfire remembrance exhibit is on display through Nov. 24 at Rudder Exhibit Hall.