7 survivors of balcony collapse remain hospitalized

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The seven Irish students who survived a balcony collapse in the college town of Berkeley, California, remain hospitalized in varying states of recovery nearly a week later.

The Rev. Aidan McAleenan of St. Columba Catholic Church in Oakland says all of the students face long physical and mental recoveries, and they probably won't be returning to Ireland soon.

The students were on a balcony that snapped off the fifth floor of an apartment building Tuesday during a birthday party. Five 21-year-old students from Ireland and a 22-year-old from California died.

A spokesman with John Muir hospital in Walnut Creek says two of the injured, Jack Halpin and Conor Flynn, are in fair condition Monday.

Representatives with two other hospitals directed reporters to the Irish Consulate, which didn't return a call seeking comment.