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Family releases video of Indiana deck collapse

Family Releases Video of Deck Collapse

A family has filed a lawsuit against a construction company after a deck collapse injured several people.

The incident happened in Albany, Indiana just a few days before Christmas. Now, the family is releasing video of the frightening moment.

Lisa Wilk was hosting a Christmas party at a rented clubhouse when the family decided to take some photos outside on the deck. As everyone smiled and got ready to say 'cheese,' the entire deck came crashing down.

Luckily nobody was killed, but three of the victims still aren't walking, Wilks told WGNTV.

Now, the family is suing the homeowner's association and the company that built the deck. The builder adamantly says that the company isn't responsible, as the deck is more than 10 years old.

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s196t6 February 26 2014 at 1:16 PM

geeeezzzee - My home deck, which is MUCH smaller has more supporting posts - including in the middle and house side. I'm not a contractor - but it doesn't much more than plain common sense.

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wlh1923 February 26 2014 at 1:47 PM

WTF is wrong with society today?!?!? 24 people with a combined weight approaching two tons - THAT'S 3,500 TO 4,000 POUNDS - go stand topgether in a bunch on a deck that can probably safely hold 10 or 12 people and it collapses?!?!? WTF?

Is anybody thinking? I see these deck collapses in the news all the time and the same set of operative facts. 20 to 30 people crowd out on a deck and it collapses. Deosn't anybody have any common sense any more? Like reports of kids going out on thin ice and falling through the reports of adults collapsing a deck are a regular occurrence. Do they think that 24 people standing together on a deck is safe? Good grief folks.

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amecincco wlh1923 February 26 2014 at 2:03 PM

You should first get educated in structural design and material stresses before making a lame comment. Weight gets distributed through support materials. It's not like they all stood on top of each other in a one square foot spot. The installation was sub-standard, inferior methods of support were used and more than likely shoddy workmanship. Hence only a 10 year warranty? A good snowfall would have collapsed it just the same.

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artorius317 amecincco February 26 2014 at 2:36 PM

Perhaps you should be the one to get educated on structural supports. You don't EVER stack around 2 tons of weight in the central(weakest) location of a deck. Especially on that has fallen into disrepair. That's a lack of common sense. Every part of a deck is NOT as strong as the next. Perhaps if the owner had maintained the deck instead of letting it fall into disrepair(you can clearly see the deck hasn't been re-sealed in years) and used a little common sense, this wouldn't have happened.

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john February 26 2014 at 1:51 PM

I'M A PHOTOGRAPHER, AND YIKES, SHE DID A SLIDE INTO HOME PLATE,,, , WELL AS YOU CAN SEE THE POSTS STAYED THERE, NOT ENOUGH BOLTS GOING THRU THE UPRIGHTS, IN FACT I DONT THINK THEY HAD BOLTS AT ALL ,,,JUST BRACKETS UNDER THE 2X8'S SOMEONE IS GOING TO PAY FOR THIS ONE....

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amecincco February 26 2014 at 2:05 PM

Weight gets distributed through support materials. It's not like they all stood on top of each other in a one square foot spot. The installation was sub-standard, inferior methods of support were used and more than likely shoddy workmanship. Hence only a 10 year warranty? A good snowfall would have collapsed it just the same.

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jdonoh4 February 26 2014 at 2:11 PM

Somebody needs to take responsibility! Decks aren't supposed to collapse like that after ten years! The Brooklyn Bridge is still standing after 130+ years!

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egleonow February 26 2014 at 8:13 AM

Why is NOTHING anyone's fault any more?

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jgesselberty February 26 2014 at 8:11 AM

Anyone notice that with every little story AOL has a video that you have to wait to load and watch, but this one said there was a video and, guess what?, no video. Pathetic.

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billc7777 February 26 2014 at 12:59 PM

I am a general contractor, I watched the video and it is definitely flawed construction! The failure of the deck along its entire length where no people are standing shows that it was not constructed properly. The method of attachment to the main bearing posts is is the reason for the structural failure.

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mail hound billc7777 February 26 2014 at 1:19 PM

That is exactly what I said, (but of course you said it better...). It is obviously flawed in construction. The deck just ripped right off the posts like it was only being held there by some very short nails with no main support.

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Ciao Baby! February 26 2014 at 8:00 AM

The deck is more than 10 years old? Seriously, that's his defense?

Too bad they didn't include the builder's name, so others would know that whatever he builds may very well fall apart after 10 years and he's not responsible.

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leavesbound February 26 2014 at 7:48 AM

When I was 15 I built a deck for my mom. My dad had died and she couldn't afford to hire a contractor but wanted a deck. That was 1972. It still stands and could take twice the number of people than is in the video and they can all jump up and down if they want to. When you construct something for human use it should be built to last no less than 100 years. When you build a deck or floor it should be built to withstand 500+ pounds per square foot. The builder is liable for poor construction and the HOA is equally liable for not ensuring the integrity of the structure.

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