11 Injured After Tennessee Restaurant Deck Collapses at Birthday Party

11 people were sent to the hospital after a deck at a Tennessee restaurant collapsed during a birthday party.

According to WTVC, Dallas Bay Fire Department Chief Markus Fritts says more than 40 people were on the deck Saturday afternoon at Zois Harbor Lights Restaurant in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee.

Hamilton County EMA spokesperson Amy Maxwell said people were at the restaurant celebrating a birthday and went to the deck for a group photo. However, the desk soon collapsed, injuring 11 people.

Reportedly, two of the 11 people were in critical condition.

“They all congregated outside on the deck to take a group photo. So when somebody went down to get ready to take the picture, the deck caved in, in the center, and gave in. So then everybody fell to the the rocks below,” Maxwell told the outlet.

Maxwell added that five ambulances responded to the incident.

She later told People that emergency responders worked together for about an hour and 15 minutes to extricate people from under the deck and administer first aid at the scene.

Sondra Teligades, a woman on the deck who got injured, said she heard a crackling noise before she fell about two stories.

On Sunday, WTVC confirmed that some of the people who were hospitalized have been released, while others are in stable condition.

The outlet also said the restaurant, whose interior was not affected, reopened for business Sunday.

As of this writing, the exact cause of the collapse is currently unknown. Hamilton County Building Codes Department has been notified and will investigate.


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