Three students hit by branches as tree falls at YMCA camp

Photo - MLive, Ryan Shek

NAPOLEON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP/WLNS) – Three children have been struck by branches from a falling tree at a southern Michigan YMCA camp.

Our media partners at the Jackson Citizen Patriot say the Blissfield Public Schools students were participating about 10 a.m. Wednesday in an activity at Storer Camps in Napoleon Township when the tree fell.

Branches hit two boys, ages 10 and 11, in the back of their heads. An 11-year-old girl suffered scrapes to her back. The 10-year-old boy was taken to a hospital. The other two children were treated at the campgrounds, southwest of Detroit.

The tree was roughly 18 inches in diameter.

Napoleon Township interim Police Chief Phil Rutledge said high winds and moist ground could have caused the dead tree to fall.

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