Father killed when tree falls on tent in campground

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 28, 2011 2:18 PM
Father killed when tree falls on tent in campground

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

The couple, from Somerset County, New Jersey, 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.

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.

Reporting by Chris Michaud; editing by Barbara Goldberg and Greg McCune)