2013-06-27 / Front Page

Tree falls on camp in Groveland killing one

Jill Ballinger/GAZETTE EDITOR

A tree has fallen through a dining hall at Camp Tawonga, a Jewish based summer camp for children in Groveland. Officials have confirmed that one person is dead.

According to the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Sgt. Jim Oliver, there are reports of children trapped underneath the tree. Officials are working on extracting them. Reports indicate that as many as 20 people may be injured.

According to the Sonora Union Democrat, hospital officials in Sonora confirmed that at least one person died and four people were airlifted from the scene. The casualties were being taken to Sonora and Modesto.

Camp Tawonga staff members refused news media entry into the camp. The only statement they would make is that no children died in the incident.

Camp Tawonga is a 160-acre Jewish youth camp outside of Yosemite National Park. There are about 160 employees who work in the camp’s summer program for youths.

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