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Falling Tree Kills 11-Year-Old Girl Scout in 'Freak Accident'

A Girl Scout at a World War II gravesite
A Girl Scout at a World War II gravesite (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

By    |   Tuesday, 25 June 2019 12:49 PM

An 11-year-old Girl Scout was killed and three other people were injured when a tree fell and trapped them at a campground in Indiana.

The victim, Isabelle Meyer, was out hiking with a group of campers and volunteers at the Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana's resident camp facility, Camp Koch, on Monday when they were struck and trapped by the falling tree, ABC News reported. Meyer died from severe head and abdominal injuries, while a 10-year-old girl sustained a hand injury. A 50-year-old woman suffered neck, head, and chest injuries, and a 55-year-old woman sustained pelvic injuries. Both are believed to be in stable condition.

Perry County Sheriff Alan Malone said the incident was a "freak accident" and said it was "very bad timing," explaining that no criminal investigation would take place.

"I hate it, especially for Isabelle, but I hate it for all Girl Scouts," Malone said, according to Fox59. "Perry County will stand tall … I've been here for a long time, and I know we will help these families out in any way we can."

The Girl Scout organization expressed its regret at the "tragic death" in a statement.

"There is nothing we take more seriously than the safety and well-being of our girls and volunteers," the organization said, according to ABC. "During this difficult time, the entire Girl Scout family mourns the loss of one of our girls, and we ask for privacy for the individuals and their families as they grieve and mourn this tragic loss."

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