© JEFF HARPER – METRO NEWS
People were back at the scene of deck collapse Sunday on Green Village Lane in Dartmouth.
A Dartmouth neighbourhood is in shock after a backyard deck collapsed 12 feet to the ground early Sunday morning.
About 15 people were injured and taken to the QEII and Dartmouth General Hospital, four of whom suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Two people were under the deck when it buckled.
Corinne LeBlanc, who lives in the condominium behind the house, saw the wooden deck collapse. She says she was going to file a noise complaint around 1:30 a.m. when she heard “a loud crack.”
“I was in and out of sleeping because they were partying so much,” she said. “Finally, I had enough, and I was going to call 911 when it went.”
“I could hardly talk to the police because I was so worried about people being hurt,” LeBlanc added. “I knew they were hurt because I could hear them screaming.”
Police, firefighters and paramedics were at the house in the 100 to 200 block of Green Village Lane within minutes of Leblanc’s call.
LeBlanc says the neighbours had been on the deck since about 9 p.m. She says some people were leaning against the balcony railing when the deck separated from the house.
Halifax Regional Police Staff Sgt. Bill Morris says the cause of the accident is under investigation.
“We’re going to turn the investigation over to our general investigation section to let them continue with it, probably in conjunction with the (Halifax Regional Municipality) and their building inspection people,” said Morris.
Curious onlookers were driving by Sunday to look at the wreck.
“This is what’s been going on all day, cars coming. Right from early this morning on,” said LeBlanc. “Nobody could believe this could happen.” – with files from The Canadian Press