N.C. Deck Collapse Sends Ocean Isle Beach Vacationers Crashing Onto Concrete Patio Below [VIDEO]
A N.C. deck collapse left 21 people injured after the large, wooden balcony folded in on itself, sending its occupants crashing onto the concrete patio below. Several people sustained injuries, including hip and leg fractures. The injured included both the elderly and young children. Luckily, no one was killed in the terrifying N.C. deck collapse.
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The accident took place in Ocean Isle Beach, a small seaside town located just 10 miles north of the border with South Carolina. The town is a popular destination for summer tourists because of the beach's beauty and atmosphere. According to local officials, the home was a private residence that was being rented for the summer. The second-story N.C. deck collapsed around 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday. There were 25 vacationers on the balcony when the accident occurred.
Witnesses told reporters they heard the wood snap and the people screaming when the N.C. deck collapse occurred. Those injured in the unfortunate event had broken bones, deep cuts and bruises. People were taken away in stretchers and were transported to local hospitals.
"It's an awful way to end a vacation," one witness told WECT News.
According to the local news outlet, the deck that collapsed in Ocean Isle Beach Tuesday is over 10 years old. The last time the home was inspected was back in 2003. According to state law, the city is not allowed to go back to inspect a home unless there's a complaint or new construction has been done on the property.
Decks have to be able to hold 40 pounds per square foot, WECT News reports. The mayor, Debbie Smith, has called for stricter standards in oceanfront deck construction following the N.C. deck collapse disaster.
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