Balcony Collapse

February 28, 2013 by  

Balcony Collapse, A balcony has collapsed on Sydney’s north shore, injuring eight people.

Police say they were called to the accident at the apartment building at Lane Cove just after 10pm (AEDT).

They say 11 people had just finished dinner on the timber balcony when the balcony collapsed.

The second story balcony gave way as they were heading inside, plunging some of the family members up to seven metres.

Eight people were taken to Royal North Shore Hospital with a range of injuries, five thought to be serious but not life-threatening.

Inspector Darren Hoschke from the New South Wales Ambulance Service says the patients suffered limb, spinal and pelvic injures.

“The scene… initially was chaotic with eight patients scattered over the ground, ambulance had to prioritise their injuries and then we went from there with the assistance of the police and the fire brigade,” he said.

Inspector Kim Simpson from Fire and Rescue NSW says it is not immediately clear why the balcony collapsed.

“As far as we can see it looks quite a well made balcony,” he said.

Crews say it was lucky no-one was buried in the rubble.

Engineers will return to the site this morning to try to determine what caused the balcony to give way.

Police says WorkCover NSW and the local council are likely to be involved in the investigation.

A spokeswoman for the Royal North Shore says four of the injured have been released from hospital.

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