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Worker killed after tree falls at summer camp near Yosemite

  • Camp Tawonga is shown near where a tree has fallen in Groveland, Calif., Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Four adults were injured and one remained unaccounted for after a large oak tree fell Wednesday at a summer camp near Yosemite National Park, authorities said. No children were hurt. The tree took down power lines but did not fall on any buildings at Camp Tawonga in rural Tuolumne County, sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jim Oliver said. (AP Photo/The Sonora Union Democrat, Maggie Beck)

GROVELAND — A 21-year-old summer camp worker was killed Wednesday when a large oak tree fell at the site near Yosemite National Park, a group said.

The worker was identified as Annais Rittenberg by the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, which provides scholarships for children to attend Camp Tawonga. No children were hurt.

Four other adults were treated at hospitals after the tree fell while people were eating breakfast. The tree took down power lines near the campfire area and mess hall but did not damage any buildings.

In an email sent to parents, the federation said some activities were resuming.

"The campers are doing well and are participating in camp activities away from the scene," read the statement attributed to camp director Ken Kramarz. "Our on-site staff therapists are working closely with first responder grief experts to help care for our community in this difficult time."


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