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Two injured when tree fell on their camper in Laurel County

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Emergency crews think the strong winds we've been seeing caused a tree to fall onto a camper, injuring two people.

It happened Thursday afternoon at Levi Jackson State Park in Laurel County, near London.

One of those injured had to be airlifted to UK Hospital.

"Well, it sounded almost like a small explosion," said Andy Anderson, a nearby camper.

But it was timber, falling and smashing a camper nearby. Anderson says he was there on a camping trip and went to investigate what sounded like a transformer blowing up.

"We saw the transformer was dangling from the pole like it was fixing to fall. Then I noticed the tree laying across the slide of the trailer," said Anderson.

A transformer blowing was no longer the problem with two people inside that camper when the tree fell.

"Is anybody in it? And is everybody okay?" said Anderson.

We are told a woman was carried out and taken to UK Hospital and another taken to a local hospital. No one knows how they're doing as they investigate what could have caused this tree to come crashing down.

Emergency crews tell us they are blaming wind gusts for the tree randomly falling.

"It wasn't a strong breeze that was out here. It's been gusty all day but nothing major like 50 or 60 mile an hour wind," said Anderson.

The scary part for this camper, he says, is that it could happen to anyone.

"Two feet to the left of the trailer, and it would have missed and just went down the side of it too, so it's kind of freakish," said Anderson.

Especially during this time of year, he says that's a prime spot to be.

"You look for a tree. You want in the shade," said Anderson. "That kind of makes you nervous about setting up under a tree."

Park officials were not able to release the names of the victims in this incident.


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