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Officials Identify Cary Girl, 11, Who Was Killed When Tree Fell on Tent

Allison Spahr was pronounced dead at the scene of the Wisconsin campground at about 4 a.m. Sunday, according to media reports.

Officials Identify Cary Girl, 11, Who Was Killed When Tree Fell on Tent

An 11-year-old Cary girl who was killed after a storm knocked a tree onto her while she was camping in a tent with her dad and brother at a popular state park in Wisconsin has been identified as  Allison Spahr, according to Channel3000.com. 

The girl and her father, Kevin, R. Spahr, 51, became trapped under the tree after it fell on the tent around 4 a.m. on Sunday at Devil's Lake State Park in Baraboo, Wis., which is located about 40 miles northwest of Madison, Wis., according to a press release from the Sauk County Sheriff's Office and media reports. 

The girl's brother, Kyle Spahr, 14, was able to climb out after the accident, according to Channel3000.com

Allison Spahr was pronounced dead at the scene. Her father and brother  were taken to a local hospital where they were treated and released, the Daily Herald. 

A thunderstorm  passed through the area overnight and the limb that fell on the family's tent was about nine inches in diameter, the Chicago Tribune reports. 

No other campers in the 407-site campground of the 10,000-acre park reported injuries and Wis. Department of Natural Resources spokesman Bob Manwell said it appeared the broken limb came from a healthy tree. Manwell said it " looked like the roots just snapped," according to the Chicago Tribune. 

Park Superintendent Steve Schmelze told the Baraboo News Republic the park had never seen an accident  involving a tree falling on a visitor. The incident remains under investigation by the Department of Natural Resources Devils Lake State Park. 

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