A few weeks before she was to walk down the aisle as bridesmaid at her friend's wedding, Heather McNamara's father passed away. It was only the first tragedy to befall the circle of friends before the nuptials could take place, reports WLWT. As the wedding party took a break outside from decorating a venue in Fort Wright, Ky., on Friday, a towering tree cracked and fell onto a canopy. McNamara and the bride's sister, maid of honor Rebecca Wright, were both beneath it and trapped when paramedics arrived, reports WKYT.
Crews used chainsaws to remove the dead ash tree—described as 8 to 10 stories high and more than a foot in diameter—but it was too late for McNamara, 32, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Wright, 45, was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition and has since undergone two surgeries, per WLWT. Her current condition is unknown. The wedding reception was afterward canceled, though the bride and groom wed in a private ceremony Saturday. (A falling tree killed a bride's mother on her wedding day.)