New Jersey Campground Victims Identified

June 30, 2011 by   - () Comments Off on New Jersey Campground Victims Identified

The victims of a falling tree incident at a New Jersey campground have been identified.

State Park Police have confirmed that William Arias, 46, was struck by the tree and killed. His wife, Elcetia, 42, was extricated from the debris and was flown to a Trenton hospital. She is currently in guarded condition. Their children, 10-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter, and a 9-year-old cousin were not injured, reported. The campers are from Bound Brook, N.J. They had been camping overnight.

New Jersey State Park Police responded to the emergency 911 call on Tuesday (June 28) at the Bulls Island Recreation Area at D&R Canal State Park in Hunterdon County to find that a large tree had fallen on an occupied campsite.

The incident occurred shortly after 6 a.m. The Stockton Fire Department and Stockton EMS arrived soon afterward to assist in rescuing the woman and getting her medical attention. The incident was investigation by the New Jersey State Park Police, with assistance from the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office and Delaware Township Police.

According to an article on, William Arias was a cook at the Chimney Rock Inn.


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