A 76-year-old woman at home alone has been seriously injured after a balcony collapse in Berkeley.
Emergency services were called to a home on Nottingham Street about 7.30am to reports a woman had fallen about 2.5 metres after the balcony suddenly buckled.
The alarm was raised by a neighbour who heard a crashing sound and rushed out to find the balcony had collapsed off the front of the house.
NSW Ambulance inspector Norm Rees said the balcony actually fell on top of the woman.
"As it's collapsed it's completely flipped back over and back onto her," Insp Rees said.
"It looks like the end plate closest to the house has come off and [the balcony] has done a complete 180 and as he dropped to the ground, it fell on top of her."
The patient suffered serious injuries to her pelvis, femur and ankle.
She was placed into an induced coma by paramedics, before being airlifted to St George Hospital in a serious condition.
Inspector Norm Rees praised emergency crews who attended the scene.
"On arrival we were faced with a number of challenges as the balcony had completely collapsed, and we needed to safely extricate the female patient from the debris," he said.
prepare to take the woman to an ambulance."The patient suffered significant injuries to her pelvis and lower legs.
"NSW Fire and Rescue crews did an excellent job, providing the best possible environment for paramedics to safely treat our patient."
Police said a structural engineer will examine the scene before it can be deemed safe.
The section of the house where the balcony was attached has also been declared off limits for safety reasons.
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