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Update- Identity of 11-year-old girl killed by tree at Devils Lake State Park released

| June 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Officials with the state Department of Natural Resources say an oak tree that fell early Sunday morning at a state park, killing an 11-year-old girl, had “showed no evidence of weakness during prior regularly scheduled campground inspections.”

The incident at Devil’s Lake State Park near Baraboo came after thunderstorms and high winds swept through the area. The tree fell on a tent at about 4:00 a.m. Sunday, as Allison Spahr of Cary, Ill. was sleeping, along with her father Kevin Spahr, 51, and brother Kyle Spahr, 13. Allison Spahr was killed when the tree landed on her, while her father and brother received non-life threatening injuries.

The state DNR expressed their sympathies to the family, saying in a statement “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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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 two other family members. The tree also pinned the girl’s 51-year-old father, who was treated for injuries at nearby St. Clare hospital and later released, said Steve Schmelzer, superintendent of Devil’s Lake State Park. The girl’s 14-year-old brother also was treated and released.

Names are being withheld pending notification of family.

The Department of Natural Resources issued 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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