Authorities: 14 people go to hospital after deck collapse

Dozens of people were injured, some critically, after a second-story deck collapsed at a Montana lodge Saturday during a funeral, officials said.

The memorial service for someone who recently passed away was being held at the Spruce Lodge.

Leslie Dillon tells the Daily Inter Lake ( ) that she was on the deck when it collapsed and that she walked away with bruising.

The crowd was gathered to remember William Nickel, 60, a longtime Flathead Valley firefighter who died in April. And while Sheriff Bell told us he couldn't give us an exact number of those critically injured he did tell us that some people were transported in the "red" category.

The cause of the collapse on Saturday in Glacier Presbyterian Camp is under investigation.

The incident occurred at Glacier Camp in Lakeside, a "Christ-centered" retreat location, according to its Twitter bio. The station reports that about 10 of those people drove themselves to the hospital. Sheriff Bell tells us medical personale classify the severity of the people's injuries in green, yellow and red stages.

The Somers/Lakeside Fire Department wrote on its Facebook page, "You probably heard a lot of sirens going through Somers and Lakeside today".

Lake County Sheriff Don Bell said several police and fire crews from both Lake and Flathead Counties responded to the incident.

  • Larry Hoffman