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Illinois girl killed after tree falls on family's tent at Devil's Lake State Park

Fatal Accident copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.
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BARABOO, WI (WTAQ) - A ten-year-old girl was killed when a tree fell on her family's tent at a southern Wisconsin campground.  

It happened around 4 a.m. Sunday at Devil's Lake State Park near Baraboo. The girl, who was from Cary Illinois, died at the scene.  

She and her father were trapped inside the tent. The father was treated at a hospital and later released. Her 13-year-old brother climbed out, and had minor cuts and bruises.  

Park superintendent Steve Schmelzer said a thunderstorm had gone through, not too long before the incident -- and the tree might have been weakened by strong winds and about an inch-and-a-half of rain.  

Schmelzer said the tree otherwise appeared to be healthy and fully green.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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