Deck collapses at Montana lodge during memorial event

Posted June 20, 2017

LAKESIDE- Twenty people were hurt after 5 are in critical condition after a deck collapsed during a funeral in Lake County.

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.

Mellody Sharpton of Kalispell Regional Medical Center said Monday that just nine of the 27 people who were hospitalized there after Saturday's collapse at Glacier Presbyterian Camp remain.

Dozens of people are hurt in Montana after a deck gives way during a memorial service at a Presbyterian Church camp. Dillon added many of her friends and relatives were taken away by ambulance. "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".

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Lake County Sheriff Don Bell wouldn't speculate about how the collapse occurred, saying the camp's insurance company will likely look into the incident. Bell says five people are in critical condition, but there are no reported fatalities.

The cause of the deck collapse is under investigation. Others had serious injuries and had to be transported by helicopter.

Somers' Fire Department said the second story deck collapsed around 4 p.m. and fell a total distance of 15 to 20 feet. We are grateful to all of the EMTs/Paramedics, fire departments and first responders who came to our aid.

Glacier Camp released a statement Saturday evening, which is posted on its website: "This afternoon, we had a major accident at camp". Please join us in praying for the injured and their families.