Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
World News | By Cecilia Wilkerson

Insurer, not police, to probe Montana deck collapse; 50 hurt

Insurer, not police, to probe Montana deck collapse; 50 hurt

MTN News has also learned that because the memorial was for a longtime Flathead Valley firefighter there were members from several agencies and fire departments there, and if not for their quick action, the outcome could have been much worse.

A witness to the collapse of the second-story deck of a Montana lodge during a memorial event for a firefighter says about 50 people were gathered on the structure overlooking Flathead Lake.

At least six people were taken to area hospitals by helicopter and the rest were transported by ambulance.

Dozens of people are still recovering after a deck collapsed south of Lakeside on Saturday.

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Police officials say a Montana resort's insurer will investigate what caused a second-story deck to collapse and injure at least 50 people.

"Our operating room was busy all night", she said.

According to Lake County Sheriff Don Bell, twenty some people were hurt in the incident, fourteen of those victims had to be taken to local hospitals.

Leslie Dillon told the newspaper she walked away with some bruising, but many of her friends and relatives were taken away by ambulance.

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"Whatever made the deck fail will be determined ... by the insurance investigator".

Other patients went to North Valley Hospital, St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson, St. Luke Community Hospital and St. Patrick Hospital.

"When I first got on scene I saw injured people", he told NBC Montana.

Eyewitnesses said the deck felt "spongy" on one side and then collapsed.

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The camp posted a message on its website Saturday, saying that a major accident had occurred and asked people to "please join us in praying for the injured and their families".

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