Dozens of people were injured when a patio deck collapsed at a country club in Billings, Montana Saturday night, authorities said. No deaths have been reported in connection with the incident.
The collapse occurred during an event at the city’s Briarwood Country Club. Video footage released by CBS affiliate KTVQ shows debris strewn across the ground below a raised open area following the incident. Briarwood is a private golf club that hosts events such as weddings and corporate meetings at the on-site restaurant, according to its website.
Twenty-five adults were transported from the site of the collapse to local hospitals, and eight others were injured at the scene and released, the Billings Police Department said in a Facebook post Sunday morning. According to the department, an “unknown number” of people affected by the collapse “left without treatment.”
Authorities did not share information about the circumstances of the patio collapse or what led to it. Some of the reported injuries include head injuries, broken bones, cuts and scrapes, Lieutenant Matt Lennick, a spokesman for the Billings Police Department, told CBS News via email Sunday, adding that no one was seriously injured.
Officers, emergency medical crews and firefighters in Billings responded to a rescue call in the Briarwood Country Club area shortly before 8 p.m. local time Saturday, the police department said in an initial Facebook post on Saturday evening. At the time, they reported that the area “may be overwhelmed with emergency response vehicles while they finish clearing the area and provide assistance to the victims.”
Several people injured in the patio collapse were being treated at the Billings Clinic, Dr. Clint Seger, the health organization’s chief executive officer, said in a statement to KTVQ Saturday night. At the time, Seger said the clinic had already taken in six patients affected by the collapse and was expecting “at least three more,” the radio station said.
“Billings Clinic is fully prepared to help in this unfortunate situation. We have several trauma surgeons, emergency physicians and ambulance crews, as well as intensive care staff on site receiving patients,” the statement said.
CBS News contacted the Briarwood Country Club and Billings Clinic for more information, but received no immediate replies.