Child killed by falling tree at Maryland summer camp

CBS Baltimore

LINEBORO, Md. - A tree collapsed during a storm Tuesday at a Maryland summer camp, killing one child and injuring eight others, CBS Baltimore reported.

The tragedy occurred just before 7 p.m. at River Valley Ranch in Carroll County.

"Approximately 114 children ages 7 to 12 years old were attending a session at a pavilion on the hill as part of the River Valley Ranch summer camp when a strong storm came through the area. Upon seeing the impending storm, the camp staff began to move the children to an enclosed building also located on the hill. While (they were) moving to the hall, the storm arrived, knocking a tree over, which struck several of the children," Jon Light, a spokesman for the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, said in a statement.

Light said seven children were taken to area hospitals, where one of the died. Injuries to the other six were not believed to be life-threatening.

Two other children were treated by emergency medical personnel at the scene, Light said.

Parents of children attending the Arrowhead Woods and Fort Roller camps at River Valley Ranch were being contacted and asked to pick up their children from the camp. The Frontier Town camp was not damaged by the storm, and the teenagers attending that camp would be able to remain.

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