Walkway collapse at Peppertree Apartments sends three people to hospital, MFD says

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A walkway crumbled at a Memphis apartment complex, turning a simple walk along the complex into a hospital trip for several people, according to the Memphis Fire Department (MFD).

It happened around 5:54 p.m. Tuesday at the Peppertree Apartments, according to MFD.

One resident of the apartment complex told FOX13 that a woman, a man and a 14-year-old girl fell through that walkway.

“I heard they just fell through the walkway, coming through the walkway. I heard they fell. My kid’s mama told me to get over there because they just fell through the walkway,” said that girl’s father, Mark Wilson.

MFD confirmed that paramedics did take three people from that scene to Methodist South Hospital for treatment from the fall.

Wilson said his daughter suffered injuries to her legs.

“When I seen her legs they were real, real swollen, so I don’t know if their broken. I just know they are swollen,” Wilson said.

Those three people fell through the caved-in stairway, the fire department said.

Video from the Peppertree resident shows a hole in the second-floor walkway of the apartment complex. Looking down through the hole, debris can be seen littered on the pavement while a young girl and a man lay injured.

RELATED: Peppertree Apartments served nuisance injunction after 1,600 calls in 18 months

All of this happened while the Peppertree Apartments are involved in an ongoing legal battle.

Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich and the Memphis Police Department deemed the apartment complex a public nuisance in November of 2021. According to Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, police received 1,600 calls from the apartment complex in an 18-month span.

At the time this article was published, we were still awaiting a decision in that public nuisance case.