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Deck collapses at a Miami sports bar after a crowd gathers to watch the NBA playoffs, causing dozens of injuries — some serious.
Dozens of people were injured, some critically, after the deck of a Miami sports bar collapsed during the NBA Finals.
About 100 people had gathered on a packed deck at Shuckers Waterfront Grill in North Bay Village, near Miami Beach, to watch the Miami Heat battle the San Antonio Spurs when the structure suddenly collapsed into the ocean.
The collapse happened around the game's halftime at 9:45 PM. Police and fire rescue units immediately rushed to the scene, transporting fifteen people to area hospitals with injuries, and fishing others out of the water.
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About 24 people are believed to have been injured in total, three of them seriously.
"It sounded like a freight train, then everyone was gone. The deck went down like a V," witness Chris Volz told the Tampa Tribune, adding that bartenders dove into the water to help rescue customers.
"I'd like to share our concerns as an organization and our gratitude to our fans back in Miami, but share our concerns for all that were injured tonight at Shucker's restaurant," said Miami Heat player Dwayne Wade after the accident.
His team beat the Spurs 109-93.