No Yale students were apparently injured in the attacks on bus and subway routes in London this morning, which have killed at least 40 people and wounded more than 700.
More than 60 students are in London this summer participating in the Yale-in-London summer session, the British Bulldogs internship program, and other fellowship and research activities.
“From what Yale has been able to determine so far, no Yale students now in London have been injured today,” University spokesman Tom Conroy said.
In an e-mail to the Yale community, University Secretary Linda Lorimer wrote that all students participating in British Bulldogs, Yale-in-London and the Fox Fellowship program have been accounted for. The University is gathering information about students doing independent research in the city, Lorimer said. She said all of the Yale programs’ faculty and staff members also apparently escaped injury.
Fourteen students in the Yale-in-London program, which is coordinated by the Yale Center for British Art, were at the Paul Mellon Center in London for classes this morning. YCBA Associate Director David Mills said students stayed together at the center all day because of the “traumatic” attacks and then returned together to their dormitories at the University of London. Mills said the program staff in London described the students as “well-composed,” and London officials plan to have city life close to normal by tomorrow.
“London, sort of true to form, is coming around very quickly,” he said. “They’re already running trains again.”
Some students preparing to attend the second session of the program are already in London but the staff at the Paul Mellon Center has been able to contact those students, Mills said. He said parents called wondering if the city will be safe for students, but the YCBA plans to continue the program for its second session.
Phone connections to counselors at Yale have been made available to students in London who want to talk about the attacks, Mills said.
In New Haven, Union Station was evacuated for about an hour after a suspicious package was found, but police officers discovered that the package was a food container. By the order of Gov. M. Jodi Rell, state troopers are also riding Metro-North and Amtrak trains in the state.
– The Associated Press contributed to this report.