11 People Injured after Deck at Tennessee Restaurant Collapses

Investigators with Hamilton County, TN Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security survey the collapse of a deck at Zoi’s Restaurant in Harbor Lights Marina in Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., May 1, 2021. (Hamilton County, TN Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security via Twitter)

Eleven people were injured, two critically, when an elevated deck of a Tennessee waterfront restaurant collapsed during a birthday party group photo, authorities said.

The joyous festivities turned to a moment of terror on Saturday afternoon in suburban Chattanooga when an outdoor wooden deck at Zois Harbor Lights Restaurant suddenly gave way under the weight of more than 40 people posing for a birthday group photo, according to the Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency.

The episode unfolded around 4 p.m. at the restaurant in Soddy-Daisy overlooking Chickamauga Lake, officials said.

Photos posted online by the Office of Emergency Management showed the large wooden deck caved in and splintered, lying in shambles amid broken railing, toppled support beams and twisted aluminum siding.

Amy Maxwell, spokesperson for the county Emergency Management Agency, told ABC News on Sunday that when the collapse occurred some people were trapped underneath the deck while others walked away with minor injuries.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Bill Hutchinson and Darren Reynolds