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12-Year-Old Killed by Falling Tree at Manchester Camp

Updated: Wednesday, July 9 2014, 06:30 PM EDT

On Wednesday officials confirmed the victim killed by a falling tree at a Manchester, MD campsite Tuesday night was a 12-year-old boy.

The boy was hit and killed by a large tree that fell at River Valley Ranch Camp as he ran for shelter in the storm. Eight other children were injured. Officials say there were 114 kids in the affected section of the camp when the storm hit around 7 p.m.

A fire official confirmed that a strong and sudden storm passing through the area caused multiple tree branches and debris to fall on the children.

The kids were at a Bible sing-along only 150 yards from the building where they tried to take shelter. The camp director said his staff did all they could.

Neighbors who live near River Valley Ranch described the storm as fast but fierce.

On Wednesday the campsite remained closed, but the rest of River Valley Camp in Manchester remained open.

Carroll County Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating the incident. The Maryland State Health Department is examining the camp's response to the storm.

12-Year-Old Killed by Falling Tree at Manchester Camp


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