Deck Collapse Injures 3 Teens At Walpole Party

WALPOLE (CBS) – Three young women were taken to the hospital after a deck collapsed at a party in Walpole.

It happened at a home on Hitching Post Drive around 9:30 p.m Thursday.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Jim Smith reports

A wooden deck on the second floor of the house suddenly fell apart during a party.

“They were having a birthday party for one of the kids here. The cake came out, they were all around the cake, that’s when it collapsed,” Walpole Fire Dept. Captain Stephen Smith told WBZ-TV.

“There were about 15-to-20 people on top of the deck who slid down, towards the foundation.”

Two women broke their ankles and a third went to the hospital for a concussion.

There were several other minor injuries.

WBZ-TV’s Sera Congi reports

Smith said the teens were not jumping or dancing, but just standing there when the deck collapsed.

“The building inspector is looking into the structural part as far as the deck being installed and that type of thing. From what I hear, it’s quite an old deck,” Deputy Police Chief John Carmichael told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Friday.

Investigators say beer was found in bottles and cans at the party.

“We will be following up with everybody that was on scene as far as whether or not there was any underage drinking,” Carmichael said.

If there was, police say any adults who were hosting the party may face charges.


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