Two campers injured by tree toppled during storm in national park


Two campers have been injured after a tree fell on their tent during a storm early Saturday morning.

The incident happened at a water-access only campsite on Lake Kabetogama in the Voyageurs National Park at around 5:45 a.m, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office.

Police say high winds or lightning caused the tree to fall as a storm passed through the area.

A group of campers were at the campsite when the tree fell, falling on one tent that had two campers sleeping inside.

They were taken by boat from the campsite to another boat landing, where they were then transported by the International Falls Ambulance Service to a medical center in International Falls.

Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

It comes less than a week after one person was killed and two others injured by a falling tree during a storm at the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Craig Walz, the brother of U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, died in the incident and his 14-year-old son Jacob suffered serious injuries. The Post Bulletin reported on Friday that Jacob Walz's condition is continuing to improve.

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