MANCHESTER - A 12-year-old boy was killed by a falling tree Tuesday at River Valley Ranch in Carroll County.
A press conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday to provide updates on the investigation into the incident.
Around 7 p.m. Tuesday, about 114 campers between the ages of 7 and 12 years old were at a camp session in a pavilion in the campground, according the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.
As the session was taking place, severe storms started rolling into the area and camp staff ushered the children toward nearby Hilltop Hall, which is enclosed. When the children and staff were on a path between the outdoor pavilion and the hall, a tree fell and hit several children.
A 12-year-old boy died at a nearby hospital after being trapped under the tree, according to police. Seven other children were taken to area hospitals for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening and two children were treated at the scene.
The camp asked parents of children at the Arrowhead Woods and Fort Roller Junior Youth Camp camps, where the children involved were from, to pick up their children.
The Frontier Town camp was not damaged by the storm and teens at that camp were given the option to stay on campus.
Investigators have interviewed campers and counselors.