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August 3, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Girl struck by falling tree near Snoqualmie Pass

A portion of a dying tree fell on top of a 10-year-old hiker near Snoqualmie Pass on Saturday, but rescuers said she appears to have just minor injuries.

The accident was reported about 8:45 a.m. when the girl and her family were about one and a half miles from the Annette Lake trailhead.  Someone saw the tree giving way and yelled “run,” but the girl didn’t have time to get out of the way, said Garrett Heaton, a firefighter with Snoqualmie Pass Fire and Rescue.

Witnesses reported that the section of the tree that fell landed atop the girl, but it might just have grazed her, Heaton said, because she did not lose consciousness and didn’t have any cuts or major bruises or apparent broken bones.  The piece — about 25 feet long and  two-and-a-half feet wide – also reportedly shattered as it landed, Heaton said.

The Forest Service is warning hikers to watch out for trees in the area, Heaton said, because they’ve noticed that many have been falling lately, given the windy conditions and recent rain after a long dry spell.

Rescuers from Snoqualmie Pass Fire and Rescue and King County Search and Rescue carried the girl down the trail and took her to Overlake Medical Center.

Comments | Topics: falling tree, Snoqualmie Pass


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