Authorities: 14 people go to hospital after deck collapse

Posted June 19, 2017

At least 32 people were injured, some critically, late Saturday afternoon when a second-story deck collapsed at the Glacier Presbyterian Camp in Lake County during a memorial service. 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.

Three helicopters, including KRMC's ALERT air ambulance, were used to transport the injured.

Fourteen people were taken to local hospitals, Lake County Sheriff Don Bell told ABC affiliate KFBB-TV.

The Somers Lakeside Fire Department reported that more than two dozen people were injured. "The cause of the collapse is under investigation".

The incident occurred at a residence on Presbyterian Camp Road, located between Lakeside and Rollins on the shore of Flathead Lake. Mutual aid was called in from as far away as Missoula.

One of the first responders was the Lakeside/Somers Fire Department, Chief Tom Havens said.

Most of the injuries seemed to be broken bones, along with scrapes and bruises, Havens said.

The Lakeside/Somers Fire Department is reporting the incident and their actions to the insurance company, according to Havens. They have issued a statement on their website reading, "Dear friends, this afternoon, we had a major accident at camp".

We tried contacting the owners of Glacier Camp property to get answers but at the time that we called the phone lines appeared to be down. We ask for your prayers for all involved.