Balcony Collapse Leaves Two Dead And Dozens Injured
Around 30 people were enjoying a Christmas party on a balcony at a Melbourne house on Saturday night when the joyous occasion suddenly turned to tragedy.
The Balcony of the Doncaster East home collapsed leaving two women dead and dozens of people injured after the party-goers became trapped underneath the structure.
One of the women, a 59-year-old from Croydon, died at the scene, while the second victim, a 37-year-old woman died the following morning in hospital.
Neighbours spoke of their shock from the tragic incident.
"The crash was biblical, the sound of it was nothing I've heard before," said Andrew Stone.
"People were bringing out chairs, and pillows and blankets and things like that just to help out the people who were injured," he said.
Police, firefighters and paramedics were all called to the scene of the tragic event which is believed to have been a Christmas party for Tupperware sales consultants.
Ten women and seven men between the ages of 20 and 69 suffered soft tissue injuries, fractures and lacerations and were taken to nearby hospitals.
Around a dozen other people were treated by paramedics at the scene for minor injuries.
Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the collapse and are preparing a report for the coroner.