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Child dies after tree falls on cabin at Bennington, Ind. summer camp

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An 11-year-old girl is dead after a tree fell on a cabin at a southern Indiana summer camp, according to a social media post by the camp itself.

It happened at Camp Livingston, in Bennington, Indiana, at 3 a.m. on Tuesday.

The following message was posted to the camp's Facebook page shortly after 8 a.m.:

It is with our deepest sorrows that we share that this email was sent this morning to our camp families:

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we want to inform you that an 11 year-old female camper was seriously injured around 3 a.m. when a healthy tree was struck by lightning and fell on a cabin at camp during a severe storm. Emergency services arrived shortly after the accident, but she did not survive her injuries.

No other children or staff were injured.

The family was notified immediately. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

As we share this sad news with you, all of the campers and staff are being notified of this occurrence. A team of grief counselors from the Cincinnati community will be arriving to camp shortly and will be joining our team in assisting campers and staff.

We understand that you may want to get in touch with your child to see how he/she is coping and we are committed to doing our utmost to facilitate requests. Every child in camp will be calling home today beginning around 10 a.m. - we appreciate your help, patience and understanding as we assist the children through this tragedy. Should you need to reach us directly, you can reach Aaron Slovin, Executive Director, at aaron@camplivingston.com.

Please join us with thoughts and prayers for the family and the entire Camp Livingston family as we work through this difficult time. More information will be shared over the next few days as it becomes available.

Shalom,
Aaron Slovin, Executive Director and Gretchen Myers, President

The identity of the child has not yet been released.

On Tuesday afternoon, representatives of Louisville's Jewish Community Center issued a written statement offering their condolences.

"With our deepest sympathies, the Jewish Community of Louisville extends condolences to the family of an 11-year-old camper at camp Livingston who was seriously injured around 3 a.m. when a healthy tree was struck by lightning and fell on a cabin at camp during a severe storm and did not survive her injuries," the statement read. "We are grateful that no other children or staff were injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family."

Stay with WDRB News. We'll update this story as it develops.

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