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Falling tree kills 11-yr-old at Devil's Lake State Park

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Published: June 1, 2014 by the South Central Region

Contact(s): Steve Schmelzer, Devilís Lake State Park, 608-356-8301 Bob Manwell, DNR communications, 608-209-8148

Note: this news release has been updated to reflect the victim's age as 11 years, not 10 years as previously reported

DEVIL'S LAKE STATE PARK, Wis. - A large tree, toppled by winds during a passing thunderstorm in the early morning hours of Sunday June 1, caused the death of a 11-year-old female and injury to a second member of the family. Names are being withheld pending notification of family.

The Department of Natural Resources issues the following statement:

The staff of the Department of Natural Resources would like to express their sympathies to the family of the victim. Visitor safety is the number one priority on all properties the department manages and we do our very best to provide a safe environment for our visitors. Campgrounds are inspected regularly and action is taken to eliminate potential hazards whenever possible. Unfortunately, not all possible events can be foreseen.

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