Amid Storm, Camper Killed at Yosemite

Fierce winds, heavy snow may be to blame for bringing tree down that killed woman
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2017 7:20 AM CST

(Newser) – A camper at Yosemite National Park left his site with his wife Sunday morning to fetch coffee, but when they tried to return to their tent, they were met with the sight of an ambulance, a firetruck, and park rangers who wouldn't let them back into the area. The reason, per KFSN: A tree had fallen on a fellow camper and killed her, per the Mariposa County Sheriff's Office. A park spokesman confirmed to KCRA that the unidentified 21-year-old woman died after the tree toppled onto her tent around 11am at Half Dome Village in the California park. Park officials, who noted strong winds and heavy snow increase the chance of trees falling, shuttered the village and other camping areas afterward, with some not expected to be reopened until Monday afternoon. "I feel horrible when things like this happen," the other camper tells KFSN, noting his tent was just two down from the woman's. (Read more Yosemite National Park stories.)

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