Deck collapses in Ottawa Co park, dropping more than a dozen people

Posted at 7:38 PM, Jun 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-15 22:26:39-04

PORT SHELDON TWP, Mich. -- Several people were hurt after a deck collapsed at the Weaver House at the Pine Bend Park.

There was an event hosted by the North Ottawa Community Hospital Tuesday evening. About 118 people were in attendance, and about 25-30 on a deck on the eastern side of the building.

What caused the deck to buckle isn't known at this time, but shortly after 7 p.m., the deck collapsed inward, says Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Kempker. The deck is about 15 feet off the ground.

Two people were taken to the hospital for their injuries, though we're told the worst injury is a fracture of some sort. 12 others were treated for their injuries at the scene, mostly for scrapes and bruises.

The Weaver House is a renovated 1901 house that is available for the public to rent. The deck that collapsed was added in 2005, Sheriff Kempker says. It's located at 15400 Polk St.

The cause of what caused the collapse is under investigation.

FOX 17 has a crew heading toward the scene and working to learn more.