50 Injured After Deck Gives Way at Montana Lodge
Police say it's an issue for the insurer
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 20, 2017 12:33 AM CDT
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Debris is strewn about at the scene where a second-story deck collapsed at a lodge near Lakeside, Mont.   (Firefighter/Engineer Mathew Borlandelli)

(Newser) – Dozens of people who attended the memorial of a firefighter at a Montana resort gathered after the service on the lodge's deck with its sweeping lake and mountain views, only to have the structure gave way, injuring at least 50. Saturday's collapse at the Glacier Presbyterian Camp left two people in critical condition, and left many more to wonder whether the 10-foot-high deck buckled from the weight of too many people or if there was another reason it failed, the AP reports. Determining the cause of the collapse will be up to the resort's insurer, Lake County Sheriff Don Bell says. "It was not a crime, so we won't be investigating it,' he says. "It'll be handled between the property owner and the people who got injured yesterday."

The injured were taken by ambulance and helicopters to five hospitals—the nearest one 30 miles away—while others drove themselves to be treated for broken bones, scrapes, and bruises. Officials for the Kalispell Regional Medical Center say that there were a number of orthopedic and neurological injuries that required immediate surgery. One critically injured person was transported to a hospital in Seattle. The people injured ranged from 3 years old to older than 80, Lakeside/Somers Fire Chief Tom Havens says. The Flathead Beacon reports that out of dozens of people hospitalized in Kalispell Saturday, the nine remaining patients Monday were all in good condition.

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