One dead, eight injured by falling trees at Carroll County summer camp during storm

'Very sudden' storm caught River Valley Ranch campers as they were headed inside, fire department official says

July 08, 2014|By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun

One child was killed and eight others were injured by falling tree branches at a Christian summer camp in Carroll County during Tuesday night's storm, a fire department spokesman said.

The children were on their way inside at River Valley Ranch in the 4400 block of Grave Run Rd. in Manchester around 7 p.m. when heavy winds brought branches from several trees down on top of them, said Donald Fair, public information officer for the Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department.

Fair called the storm "very sudden" and said it caused "massive damage to the trees" in the area.

The child who died was not identified, and the conditions of the injured campers were not released. The injured campers, all younger than 13, were taken to area hospitals for treatment, Fair said.

He said parents were called and all of the more than 100 other children at the camp were accounted for.

BGE reported more than 7,700 power outages, affecting roughly 13 percent of customers, in Carroll County as of 10:45 p.m. Tuesday. In Harford County, more than 8,500 people, 8 percent of BGE's customers there, were without power. Nearly 42,000 of the region's 1.2 million customers were out of service Tuesday night.

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