Rockdale deck collapses as 15 family members take photo; 2 flown to Grady

Two people where airlifted to an Atlanta hospital Saturday after a deck collapsed at a home in Conyers, and several other people suffered injuries requiring transport to area medical centers, Rockdale County Fire-Rescue Chief Dan Morgan told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

About 4:30 p.m., the fire department received a call of a deck collapse on Lake Sorrento Drive. About 15 people were on the deck at the rear of the home when the structure collapsed, Morgan said.

“It was about a 15-by-20 (foot) deck, a standard-sized deck,” Morgan said. “There were about 15 people on it. We have numerous broken bones.”

None of the injuries are considered life-threatening, Morgan said. Two patients, who were the most seriously injured, were airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital with broken bones in their lower extremities.

Channel 2 Action News reported the two who were airlifted were sisters, and they are undergoing surgery Sunday for compound leg fractures. The 15 people, who are all related, were taking a Christmas photo on the deck when it collapsed.

Four other people were transported by ambulance to area hospitals, Morgan said. Some left by private vehicles for medical attention, Morgan said.

Morgan said several fire units and ambulances responded to the scene, as did two helicopters, including one air ambulance serving DeKalb County.

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