by KYW’s Al Novack
A camper who was struck by a falling tree last week in a South Jersey campground has died from her injuries.
Larry Hajna, a spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, says the Australian woman was camping with two local friends last Thursday when a fierce thunderstorm whipped through the Atsion Recreation Area along Route 206 in Shamong, NJ.
Hajna says winds estimated at 60 mph knocked down a tree that fell atop the tent occupied by 47-year-old Lindsey Morris of Australia and her two friends from Burlington County.
Hajna says Morris died of her injuries at Cooper Hospital in Camden:
“I think that it’s a sad and unfortunate incident. Of course when you go to a campground, you’re going out to have fun, and it’s certainly a tragedy when something like this occurs.”
As for her two local friends:
“They received very minor injuries.”
Hajna says the accident probably could not have been prevented:
“She was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”