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Girl, 4, seriously injured when struck by branch at Williamsport campground

July 14, 2008|BY ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WILLIAMSPORT - A 4-year-old girl was seriously injured Sunday morning when she was struck by a tree branch at a Williamsport campground, said Assistant Chief of Williamsport Volunteer Fire and EMS Brian Lowman.

The girl was struck in the head by the branch about 8:45 a.m. while she was sitting at a picnic table at the Hagerstown KOA campground on Snug Harbor Lane in Williamsport, he said.

Lowman described the girl's injuries as a "traumatic head injury."

The girl was taken by helicopter to Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. A Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said the girl was transported by a Maryland State Police helicopter.

"She was breathing and crying when she left," Lowman said.

The girl was camping at the KOA campground with her family.

The girl's mother, who was sitting with the girl, was knocked off the picnic table by the branch, but was not injured, Lowman said.

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He said an off-duty paramedic from Anne Arundel County, Md., and an EMT were camping at the Williamsport campground, and were the first to treat the girl's injuries.

Hagerstown KOA Manager John Durhan said the campground is "not giving out any information right now for insurance purposes."

According to the company's Web site (www.koa.com), KOA offers tent and recreational vehicle camping, along with cabin rentals.

The Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway also responded, along with Williamsport Volunteer Fire and EMS, a dispatcher said.

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