Briarwood deck collapse injures nearly 50

Posted at 9:16 AM, Jul 24, 2023

BILLINGS - On Saturday evening the deck at the Black Bunker Bar and Grill at The Briarwood golf and country club collapsed injuring nearly 50 people.

The collapse happened during Briarwood's biggest golf tournament of the year. About 250 people were registered for the golf event, according to a city official.

Victoria Hill, a spokeswoman for the City of Billings, said 25 of the injured were taken by ambulance to both Billings hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

A spokeswoman for St. Vincent Healthcare said Sunday in a press release the hospital "received 29 patients via ambulance or personal vehicle" from the collapse.

"Most of the patients were treated and released last night," said hospital spokeswoman Angela Babcock. "However, three patients have been admitted to St. Vincent for further care, all in good or fair condition."

A spokesman for Billings Clinic said they received 11 patients from the incident.

Eight patients were treated at the scene and released, and an unknown number of people may have been injured but did not receive medical care at the scene or at the hospital.

The total number of people injured in the incident increased as more information was released Sunday.

The height of the deck is estimated to be more than 10 feet, and it is unclear how many people were on the deck when it went down. Nobody was underneath the deck at the time of the collapse.

The scene Saturday night of a deck collapse at The Briarwood golf and country club.

The emergency response included American Medical Response, Laurel Emergency Medical Services, Lockwood Fire District, and St. Vincent Healthcare HELP flight and ground units.

The Billings Fire Department, Billings Police Department, and Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office were also on the scene.

None of the patients were trapped under the debris of the collapsed deck. All of them were adults.

The Billings Police Department released this statement Sunday morning on its Facebook page:

**Update** This is an update on the number of resources that responded to handle this call and the number of people transported or treated on scene.

- 25 individuals (all adults) were transported to local hospitals.
- 8 were treated on the scene and released .
- Unknown number of injured that walked away without treatment.
- BPD had 12 patrol units assisting and working crowd and traffic control.
- 11 AMR units
- 2 Laurel Ambulance units
- 1 Lockwood Fire/Ambulance unit
- 2 St. Vs Help Flight ground units

We are thankful for all of the responders working on these units, those that were called in to respond with the additional units, and the hospital staff at both hospitals. - Lt. Lennick

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Authorities inspect the scene of a deck collapse at The Briarwood gold and country club Saturday evening.