Woman hit by falling branch is 3rd death at Hocking Hills State Park this summer

Woman hit by falling branch is 3rd death at Hocking Hills State Park this summer
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says a 44-year-old woman died after she was hit by a falling tree branch while visiting Hocking Hills State Park. (Source: parks.oh.dnr.gov)

LOGAN, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says a 44-year-old woman died after she was hit by a falling tree branch while visiting Hocking Hills State Park.

The agency is investigating the Monday death of Chillicothe resident Victoria Schafer.

It is the third death at the park this summer and the second in two weeks on the trails near Old Man’s Cave.

A 22-year-old hiker died after apparently losing his footing and falling about 75 feet (23 meters) from a cliff there two weekends ago.

In June, the body of a 55-year-old woman was recovered from a remote part of the park’s Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve. The agency didn’t disclose then how she died.

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