Two women and a child were injured in Antioch Thursday morning when they fell from a second-floor balcony after a railing gave way, a Contra Costa County Fire Protection District battalion chief said.
The fall was reported at 7:30 a.m. at the Twin Creek Apartments at 1111 James Donlan Blvd.
Battalion Chief Alan Hartford said the victims are two women and a young girl about 8 or 9 years old.
"They were leaning against a railing and the railing gave way," Hartford said.
The three fell about 15 feet to the ground below, an area with dirt and bushes, he said.
One woman, who may have briefly lost consciousness, appeared to have suffered head, neck and back injuries and was airlifted to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, Hartford said.
The second woman and the girl were taken to hospitals by ground ambulance. The victims are all expected to survive, Hartford said. He said the little girl was the least injured.
Andra Mellinger, a resident of the apartment complex who said she lives just below the balcony from which the victims fell, awoke to the sound of what she thought was a knock at her door.
"I thought I dreamed it," she said. But then she heard moaning and voices outside. She looked out her kitchen window and saw the victims on the ground and medics arriving.
"It was like waking to a nightmare," she said.