PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Rescue crews picked through tangled planks and floating debris today as authorities tried to determine why a pier supporting a new outdoor nightclub collapsed into the Delaware River.
Three people died and 37 others were injured, including eight rescue workers hurt trying to pull victims out of the water.
''I heard a loud crash, and then all hell broke loose. I went straight down ... then I was just trying to fight my way up,'' said bartender Joseph Capaci, 28.
About 40 people were on the pier when it plunged into the 30-foot-deep water shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday. A canvas tent over the pier also collapsed, blanketing many people who fell eight feet into the dark, murky water.
''One (patient) told me that they were standing there and suddenly the floor gave out, the lights went out, and they were in an ice bath,'' said Dr. Bartholomew Tortella of MCP Hahnemann University Hospital, who treated victims and firefighters.
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