Authorities say 32 injured in deck collapse


According to a witness, the people were gathered on the deck during a memorial service. Sheriff Bell tells us medical personale classify the severity of the people's injuries in green, yellow and red stages.

More than 20 people were taken to the hospital on Saturday afternoon after a deck collapsed south of Lakeside.

Fourteen people were taken to local hospitals, Lake County Sheriff Don Bell told ABC affiliate KFBB-TV.

Authorities say 14 people were taken or drove themselves to a hospital after the second-story deck of a Montana lodge collapsed during a memorial event for a firefighter. This is not the first time a deck has collapsed in the Flathead Valley.

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According to witness Leslie Dillon, around 50 people were gathered on the deck overlooking Flathead Lake following the service when the structure broke and fell.

All patients were in stable condition as of 7 p.m. Saturday, and their injuries range from mild to severe, the Somers Rural Fire Department said. Dillon says many of her friends and relatives were taken away in ambulances.

Glacier Camp is a Presbyterian summer camp near Lakeside, on the northwest side of Flathead Lake in Glacier National Park. Bell said some of those injured were in the red category.

Another 10 people were transported by ambulances from Polson, Ronan, and several other Lake County ambulance crews. The Somers Lakeside Fire Department reports that over two dozen people were hurt.