Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Authorities: 32 people go to hospitals after deck collapse

Authorities: 32 people go to hospitals after deck collapse

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.

The crowd was gathered to remember William Nickel, a longtime Flathead Valley firefighter who died in April.

Some 32 people were transported via ambulance to hospitals across Flathead, Lake and Missoula counties on June 17 after a deck collapse at Glacier Camp near Lakeside, according to the Somers Fire Department.

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Lake County Sheriff Don Bell tells NBC Montana that six people were airlifted via helicopter.

As of 7pm Saturday all patients were in stable condition, with injuries ranging from mild to severe on the victims of all ages.

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Sheriff Bell says, "The last one was down in Polson when they had the deck collapse quite a while ago". The station reports that about 10 of those people drove themselves to the hospital. "I saw the ambulance crews and firefighters triaging people and stabilizing them whether it was with ankle braces, wrapping someone's knee or controlling bleeding on someone's head".

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