Camper Killed by Falling Tree in New Jersey Campground

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June 28, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

A man camping with his family was killed and his wife injured when a sycamore tree weighing several thousand pounds crashed onto their tent in a New Jersey campground early Tuesday morning (June 28), authorities said.

The couple, from Somerset County, N,J., were camping with their 10-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter, along with a 9-year-old nephew, when the freak accident occurred around 6 a.m., Reuters reported

The woman, 42, was extricated and flown to a Trenton hospital, where her condition was upgraded from critical to guarded, said New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Abbie Tang-Smith.

The man, 46, died at the scene.

None of the children was injured. Tang-Smith said the family had a single tent at the site, but did not know whether the children had slept inside.

The family had been camping at the Bull's Island Campground at Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park in Hunterdon County, near the Delaware Water Gap recreation area.

Tang-Smith said there was no extreme weather reported in the area at the time, and the cause was under investigation. The area near the campsite had been closed but the campground remained open, she said.

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