Two children and two women were hit by a falling tree at Camp Koch in Perry County, Indiana.
The Indiana State Police confirm Isabelle Meyer, 11, from Jasper, Indiana died after suffering severe injuries related to the accident.
A 10-year-old girl from Boonville had minor injuries and two women, Melinda Garman of Mount Vernon and Judy Kicklighter of Evansville, were also injured.
The Perry County Sheriff Alan Malone said when the emergency call came in, all four victims were pinned underneath a large tree.
A camp nurse and others immediately tried to help the victims.
County emergency management crews arrived on-scene first and then handed care over to paramedics when they arrived.
After investigating the incident, Sheriff Malone said a group of Girl Scouts and volunteers were hiking on a gravel trail at the camp when a 40-foot-tall tree fell on the four victims.
Investigators do not know exactly what caused the tree to fall but said they believe, heavy rain over the weekend may have been a factor.
Sheriff Malone broke down during a press conference when asked if the campers were doing anything that may have caused the accident. Malon called it a “freak accident,” and went on to say, “the girls were just there to have a good time.”
Meyer and one of the women, who suffered injuries to her pelvis were transported to an Evansville hospital for treatment.
Sheriff Malone says the response from first responders was by the book and the Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana cooperated throughout the investigation.
A GoFundMe account has been made to help raise money for Meyer’s funeral arrangements. Anyone wanting to donate to the Meyer family can click here.
At this time, the camp remains closed.
Girl Scout of Southwest Indiana released the following statement in light of Perry County Sheriff Department’s press conference:
Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana was deeply saddened to learn of the terrible incident involving a fallen tree that took place at our Camp Koch property today, resulting in serious injury to several campers and volunteers, and the tragic death of one of our Girl Scouts attending camp. There is nothing we take more seriously than the safety and well-being of our girls and volunteers. We have closed Camp Koch while we work with our camp officials, as well as local law enforcement to investigate the incident, and will release more information as available and appropriate. 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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