SWITZERLAND CO., IN (FOX19) - An 11-year-old girl was killed overnight when a tree fell onto a cabin at Camp Livingston in the Bennington area of Switzerland County, camp officials said.
Lightning struck a healthy tree during strong storms around 3 a.m., according to camp officials. Emergency services arrived shortly after the accident, but the girl did not survive her injuries.
Three adult staff members and an unknown number of campers were inside the cabin, according Jeff Goldstein, Secretary and Vice President of board. No other injuries were reported.
At a brief press conference Tuesday, Goldstein said the girl's name is not being released out of respect for the family.
Switzerland County saw two inches of rain in one hour when thunderstorms swept through early Tuesday, according to county emergency management officials.
"As we share this sad news with you, all of the campers and staff are being notified of this occurrence. A team of grief counselors from the Cincinnati community will be arriving to camp shortly and will be joining our team in assisting campers and staff," read a prepared statement from camp spokesperson Jackie Congedo.
Parents who wish to get in touch with their children were able to do so Tuesday morning, they wrote.
Camp Livingston is a 90-year-old program for Jewish children and teens, the website states. The camp sits on 680 acres with attendees ranging in ages seven to 17.