As many as 40 people on deck when it plunged 12 feet Saturday at country club

Billings Gazette

One of the people injured Saturday in the collapse of a crowded deck at the Briarwood Country Club is Mark Zagel of Billings.

On Sunday, he posted a note to friends and family describing the event.

He said as many as 40 people were on the deck when it collapsed and apparently no one was below when it broke loose and fell about 12 feet.

“I’m fine though the ribs on my right side are pretty bruised and I have a couple of bumps,” he said.

He said he landed on a woman and had to be lifted off of her.

First responders work the scene of a mass casualty event at Briarwood County Club after a section of the deck collapsed Saturday evening.

AMY LYNN NELSON, Billings Gazette

“And a woman that landed next to me was taken out on a spine board,” he said. I was standing in front of tables with a few other people behind them.”

He said he appreciated the prayers of family and friends.

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