Mass casualty incident reported after deck collapse in Ellicott City
ELLICOTT CITY, MD -- WBFF -- Howard County Fire and E.M.S. says that eight people were hospitalized after a deck collapse in Ellicott City, on Saturday afternoon.
According to officials, shortly after 4:30 p.m., Howard County's 911 Center received multiple calls for a deck collapse in the 4900 block of Bonnie Branch Road. Callers reported about 20 people were on a 20' by 40' deck when it collapsed 12' to the ground.
Based on information, Fire and Rescue services categorized the call as a mass casualty incident- automatically routing additional firefighters, paramedics and equipment to the scene. Upon arrival, paramedics began immediately giving patients care based upon his/her injuries.
Three of the eight patients were transported to R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, while the rest of the patients were taken to local hospitals. None of the patients had life threatening injuries. More than 40 firefighters and paramedics responded to the incident.