Two dead, 17 injured after Melbourne balcony collapse

The scene of the balcony collapse in Melbourne
30 people were believed to be on the balcony when it collapsed. Photo credit: Twitter/ Emergency Life

Two people have died and many more have been injured after an overloaded balcony collapsed in Melbourne on Saturday night. 

The Australian reports that a 59-year-old Croydon woman died at the scene, and a woman aged 37 from Reservoir died in hospital on Sunday morning. 

More than 30 people were standing on the balcony when it collapsed about 10.30pm (local time), leaving some victims left trapped underneath. 

Neighbour Andrew Stone told it was a "horrific" scene.

"The group got up on to the balcony to take a group photo, which is when it fell down," he said.

"People were screaming, I heard crashing.

"I thought it was a brawl but it kept going.

"People were walking around with blood on was devastating really."

Detectives were reportedly investigating the scene on Sunday morning and a report will be prepared for the coroner. 

Last year, a balcony collapsed at a flat in Dunedin during a party on Castle Street, leaving 18 people in hospital.