Published: 22:20 BST, 2 May 2021 | Updated: 02:25 BST, 3 May 2021
Eleven people were rushed to the hospital and two are in critical condition after an elevated deck outside a waterfront Tennessee restaurant collapsed during a party Saturday afternoon
More than 40 people were standing on the deck overlooking Chickamauga Lake and posing for a picture outside Zoi’s Restaurant at Harbor Lights Marina in Soddy-Daisey, about 17 miles miles from Chattanooga, when the wooden deck caved in.
Eleven people were injured and two are in critical condition after a wooden deck outside of a Tennessee collapsed Saturday afternoon
The deck overlooks Chickamauga Lake in Tennessee, about 17 miles from Chattanooga
One person who was injured told ABC that she heard a cracking noise before she fell about two stories
Before the disaster, people were celebrating a birthday party at Zoi’s Restaurant at Harbor Lights Marina in Soddy-Daisey, Tennessee
Some of the partygoers were trapped under the deck, Amy Maxwell, spokesperson for the Hamilton County Office of Emergency Management Agency, told ABC News on Sunday.
One of those injured, Sondra Teligades, told WTVC in Chattanooga, that she heard a cracking noise before she fell about two stories.
She was treated at a hospital on Saturday for a concussion and rib contusions, and has since been released, WTVC reported.
Officials won’t know caused of the collapse until the Hamilton County Building Codes inspects the deck, Hamilton County Office of Emergency Management said.
The Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department, the Soddy Daisy Fire Department and the Hamilton County EMS responded responded to the 911 call.
A woman posted on Facebook that she and her family were on the deck at 3pm, an hour before it collapsed.
‘During our lunch where we sat on the deck that collapsed shortly after we left. My husband had taken our children down to walk the dock,’ She said. ‘Super scary! I hope everyone recovers.’
The restaurant is well liked based on a number of reviews. It has 4.5 out of 5 stars after 24 Google reviews, with many saying they enjoyed the food and the scenery.