Maryland Camp's Response to Fatal Storm Under Investigation
Updated: Wednesday, July 9 2014, 06:30 PM EDT
The accident that killed a young camper in Manchester, MD is now being investigated by the State Health Department. Experts will be examining how quickly camp officials responded to the threat of severe storms.
On Tuesday evening a 12-year-old boy at River Valley Ranch Camp was hit and killed by a large tree as he ran for shelter. Eight other children were injured.
River Valley Ranch, like hundreds of other youth camps throughout Maryland, is regulated by the State Health Department.
"We're not investigating the death of the child or the injury to children per se but we are looking at how the camp was operating and whether or not it was operating in conformity with our rules and regulations," Dr. Cliff Mitchell of the State Health Dept. said.
River Valley's executive director says the camp monitors weather and storms but in light of the death they will now be reviewing all of its protocols.
FOX45 Meteorologist Vytas Reid says a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Carroll County around 6:20 p.m. Tuesday evening, roughly 40 minutes before the accident.
"That gave plenty of lead time for people in Carroll County to react or take shelter," Reid said. "And then even beyond that where the warning had been issued in northern and central portions of Baltimore County."
State health officials say each youth camp must develop its own set of safety regulations and that includes preparations for bad weather. The investigation is expected to be completed in the next two weeks.