Walkway collapse at Dillon Valley condo injures one
June 4, 2015
The collapse of an exterior walkway in a Dillon Valley condominium complex left one man badly injured after falling 25 feet. Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue reports that the man, who was testing the integrity of a concrete bridge at the Orofino Complex, was bouncing on the bridge that linked the upper condo units to a stairwell.
The walkway collapsed, and he fell to the sidewalk below before he was transported to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco.
Another girl on one of the second-floor units was stranded by the collapse, leading firefighters to rescue her using a ladder truck. The upper floor units are inaccessible until a temporary stairway can be erected on the west side of the building, according to Lake Dillon Fire Marshal Steve Skulski and Summit County building department officials. In the future, permanent repairs will render the walkway useable once more.
The aging building, one of many in the Orofino complex, is more than 40 years old. Lake Dillon Fire reports that last week, a construction firm placed wood-beam shoring to hold up the walkway.
The county will require inspection of the other buildings in the complex, as they reportedly share similar deterioration concerns.
This story will be updated.
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