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Authorities say 32 injured in deck collapse

19 June 2017

In this image taken Saturday, June 17, 2017, debris is strewn about at the scene where a second-story deck collapsed at a lodge near Lakeside, Mont.

Lake County Sheriff Don Bell told the Daily Inter Lake newspaper 32 people were hurt, 5 critically, after the deck collapsed at the Glacier Presbyterian Camp in Lake County, located about 100 miles north of Missoula.

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Approximately 25 people were injured, some critically, after a deck collapsed at a lodge in northwest Montana Saturday afternoon, the local fire department said. There were no fatalities, he said, but some people with serious injuries were airlifted from the scene. At least six people were taken to area hospitals by helicopter and the rest were transported by ambulance. Medical personnel classify the severity of injuries in green, yellow and red stages, with red being the most critical.

The cause of the collapse on Saturday in Glacier Presbyterian Camp is under investigation. He was a longtime Flathead Valley firefighter who died in April. "This is not a very common occurrence, but this is still pretty severe".

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Eyewitnesses told KFBB that the deck felt "spongy" on one side, it then collapsed, and a domino effect ensued.

We have a reporter at the scene and will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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Authorities say 32 injured in deck collapse