Tree Falls On 7-Year-Old Girl While Camping With Family At National Park

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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A 7-year-old girl was killed early Wednesday while camping in Tennessee after a tree fell on the campsite her family was staying at, according to reports.

The incident unfolded around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park when rangers received a call at the Elkmont Campground, CNN reported. Authorities arrived on scene to find a large red maple tree roughly two feet in diameter had fallen onto the family’s tent, according to the report. The girl, from Georgia, was killed, while her father and two siblings were uninjured, CNN reported.

While it’s unclear what caused the tree to fall, the National Weather Service warned of severe thunderstorms and damaging winds throughout East Tennessee, along with flash flooding, according to KnoxNews.

The campsite and others located nearby were closed following the incident, according to CNN. (RELATED: Hiker Falls To Death After Attempting To Take Picture Of Scenic View)

“Dying because of a tree falling on you is incredibly rare in and of itself, this is the first recorded time that we have ever had anybody die because of a tree that fell on their tent in Great Smoky Mountains National Park,” national park spokesperson Dana Soehn said, according to WVLT.

“Again, it’s an incredibly rare incident that occurred at Elkmont Campground and incredibly tragic and our hearts go out to the family in this incident,” Soehn reportedly continued.