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Verandah collapses in Palmwoods, Main Arm

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Attendees at a family gathering in Main Arm on the weekend were lucky to escape serious injury after the verandah they were standing on collapsed beneath them.

At around 12.15pm on Saturday, emergency services were called to an address on Palmwoods Road, where around a dozen people had been at a gathering.

They arrived to find that one corner of the wooden verandah had collapsed, sending members of the group sliding and tumbling to the ground three metres below. At least five people were injured in the incident, including a pregnant woman, who was treated at the scene and then taken to Tweed Hospital with abdominal, head and ankle pain.

The Westpac helicopter was called to assist the woman at the scene, but was unable to land in the hilly terrain, and so it landed at the bottom of the hill and dispatched a crew to help her.

The Echo understands that the baby and the woman are okay, and that neither suffered serious injury.

At least five other members of the gathering suffered cuts and abrasions in the incident. A number were driven to hospital by family members.

They also managed to avoid serious injury.


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