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1 Dead from Kansas Deck Collapse2007-05-09 20:29:46jbushart

A tragic loss of life resulting from a deck collapse happened on May 6th, 2007, in Elk County, Kansas. Please heed the warnings. This is serious business. Here is a copy of the article. Deck collapse kills 1 at house party BY RON SYLVESTER The Wichita Eagle A housewarming party turned into a deadly disaster when a balcony deck collapsed Saturday night in Elk County. One man died and numerous others were injured when the deck at the newly constructed house of Brian and Donna Schreck collapsed, falling on the guests below and killing an Andale man, the Elk County Sheriff's Department said. The Schrecks are from Wichita. Gerard K. "Bud" Seiler, 46, died, and there were numerous injuries, several serious, the department said. Further details weren't available Sunday. About 85 to 100 guests were attending the party at the home located at 1765 Road 25, about five miles south of Fall River. "The cause of the collapse has not been officially determined at this time," the Elk County sheriff said. "However, it is quite likely that the balcony was overloaded for the type of construction." The accident happened around 5 p.m. Saturday. More than a dozen area rescue teams responded to the accident from nearby Greenwood County, Neosho County, Neodesha, Independence and Emporia, as well as state agencies.