Over 50 Injured as Deck Collapses at Montana Lodge
More than 50 people were injured as a deck collapsed at Glacier Camp lodge in Lakeside, Northwest Montana, on June 17.
Scores of people were attending a memorial service at the lodge when the large wooden balcony collapsed.
First responders from at least 16 fire, EMS, police, and other departments rushed to the scene, according to a Somers/Lakeside Fire Department Facebook post.
At least six were airlifted to hospitals, local Flathead Beacon reported.
Two were in critical condition, according to a statement by Kalispell Regional Medical Center and North Valley Hospital, which accepted 36 of the injured.
“There were a significant number of orthopedic and neurological injuries that required immediate surgery. The orthopedic injuries included both open and closed long bone and ankle fractures,” the statement reads. “The operating rooms were busy well into the night. Special areas were established for patients’ families to gather and get information about their loved ones. Many employees from multiple departments across both hospitals responded to help, including members of the housekeeping team who came in to keep rooms cleaned for immediate turnover.”
The cause of the deck collapse is under investigation. An eye witnesses told ABC FOX Montana that one side of the deck was “spongy.”
“Please join us in praying for the injured and their families. We are grateful to all of the EMTs/Paramedics, fire departments and first responders who came to our aid,” Glacier Camp posted on its website. “We ask for your prayers for all involved.”