Authorities: 14 people go to hospital after deck collapse near Flathead Lake


Those injured were attending a memorial service at Glacier Camp's Spruce Lodge when the balcony on the second floor collapsed, according to KFBB-TV.

Leslie Dillon, who told the Daily Inter Lake newspaper she was among about 50 people on the deck at the time of the collapse, said she walked away with some bruising. About 50 people were gathered to remember William Nickel.

A collapsed deck at a camp in Montana sent 32 people to the hospital on Saturday to be treated for injuries, some of which are critical, according to authorities.

Lake County Sheriff Don Bell tells MTN News the incident happened at around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at a home along Presbyterian Camp Road, along Flathead Lake south of Lakeside. Many of her friends and relatives were taken away in ambulances, Dillon said. The department says those injured range in age from children to the elderly. The station reports that about 10 of those people drove themselves to the hospital.

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Bell praised the efforts made by the emergency crews. Others had serious injuries and had to be transported by helicopter. "The emergency crews did a great job".

Glacier Camp is a Presbyterian summer camp near Lakeside, on the northwest side of Flathead Lake in Glacier National Park. The cause of the collapse is still under investigation.

The department says it doesn't believe the county has regulations on the maximum capacity of balconies or decks.