Austin officials investigate pool deck collapse that injured 10

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Associated Press

Posted on July 15, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 15 at 8:54 PM

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AUSTIN (AP) — Officials said 10 people were injured after a deck in an Austin home collapsed during a party Saturday night.

Most of the victims suffered minor injuries.

The deck collapsed during a party, sending 20 or so people 18 feet down to a canyon hillside below. After falling into a ravine, the individuals slid another 20 feet.

Austin Fire Department spokesman Palmer Buck told the Austin American-Statesman that four people were sent to hospitals for broken bones and other non-life threatening injuries. Six others were treated for minor injuries.

The deck surrounded an above-ground pool and was attached to the back of a house overlooking a ravine in a steeply hilled area in northwest Austin.

Buck said city building inspectors are investigating the cause of the collapse.

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