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Deck collapse at Bullskin Township home injures four

| Friday, Aug. 20, 2010

Four people were injured when a deck collapsed at a Bullskin Township home yesterday afternoon.

Fayette County 911 said the incident took place shortly before 4:30 p.m. at 161 Spruce Hollow Road.

Kyle Quinn, Bullskin fire captain, said the deck was on the rear of the house. He described the structure's dimensions as 20 feet by 30 feet.

Three woman and a 22-month-old boy were on the deck that toppled, leaving them falling about 10 to 15 feet onto a concrete patio. Quinn said it was fortunate no one was under the deck as it collapsed.

"It just seemed like it was structurally deficient," Quinn said about the deck, adding the residents of the house had not lived there long and the deck was there when they moved into the residence. "The deck flipped over and collapsed, everybody rolled toward the house. It could have been a lot worse."

Quinn said one woman was flown to UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Oakland by STAT MedEvac. He described her injuries as not life threatening.

"She was conscious," he said. "(They were) more lower extremity than anything."

The helicopter landed at Bullskin Elementary School, about a quarter-mile away from the house.

Quinn said the other three patients were taken to Excela Health Frick Hospital in Mt. Pleasant.

Emergency personnel remained on the scene for about an hour.

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