Several Injured When Deck Collapses at Tinley Park Home

Initial reports indicated more than 30 people were out on the deck when it collapsed and 14 people were injured, however, only nine people were reported at area hospitals.

By Alexandria Fisher
|  Sunday, Jul 28, 2013  |  Updated 8:37 AM PDT
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At least nine people were reported injured Saturday when a deck collapsed during a party at a home in Tinley Park, Illinois. Susan Carlson reports.

At least nine people were reported injured Saturday when a deck collapsed during a party at a home in Tinley Park, Illinois. Susan Carlson reports.

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At least nine people were reported injured Saturday when a deck collapsed during a party at a home in Tinley Park, Illinois.

The incident occurred during a birthday party around 9:15 p.m. in the 16700 block of Beverly Avenue when a deck came apart from the house it was attached to, officials said.

Initial reports indicated more than 30 people were out on the deck when it collapsed and 14 people were injured, however, only nine people were reported at area hospitals.

Four people were treated at Advocate South Suburban Hospital, one of which remained hospitalized Sunday morning, according to the hospital.

Palos Community Hospital said they received five patients, four of which were treated and released. No information on the conditions of the injuries was available.

Depsite the large number of people on the deck, whether the collapse was caused from overcrowding or structural issues remains unclear, officials said.

“Most people usually maintain [their decks] very well and it’s never been a problem with anything as far as collapse or anything like that,” said area resident Pam Byczek.

A combination of adults and children were reportedly on the deck at the time of the collapse.

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