Aggies gather early Monday to mark anniversary of bonfire collapse

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KWTX) Hundreds attended a ceremony early Monday at the Bonfire Memorial on the Texas A&M campus to mark the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the school’s bonfire woodpile.

Hundreds attended a ceremony early Monday on the Texas A&M campus to mark the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the school’s bonfire woodpile, which left 12 Aggies dead and 27 others injured. (KBTX)

At 2:42 a.m. on Nov. 18, 1999, 20 years ago Monday, the 40-foot-high woodpile collapse while about 70 students were working on it.

Eleven Aggies were killed outright and a 12th later died.

Another 27 were injured, some seriously.

Simmering sports rivalries dissolved in an instant as word of the tragedy spread across the state and Texans waited anxiously for word from the scene as rescuers worked frantically to free the survivors, and later to recover the dead

During Monday’s ceremony, the names of the 12 people who died were called out and the crowd answered "Here."

The crowd sang the "Aggie War Hymn" and "Amazing Grace."

Several family members of those killed in the collapse attended the ceremony.