Illinois girl killed by tree at Wisconsin state park

Girl killed by fallen tree

UPDATE: The names of members of an Illinois family involved in a June 1 fatality at Devil's Lake State Park have been released. The father, Kevin R. Spahr, age 51, and son Kyle A. Spahr, age 13, were injured. The daughter, Allison Spahr, age 11, was killed.


BARABOO - A tree fell on a tent at a Wisconsin campground, killing a 10-year-old girl from Illinois.

The girl, her brother, and father were at Devil's Lake State Park in Baraboo this weekend.

All three were in their tent early Sunday morning when the tree fell. The girl and her father were trapped. The 13-year-old boy was able to climb out and get help.

"Some other campers from throughout the area tried to pull them from underneath the tree," said park superintendent Steve Schmelzer. "But they were unsuccessful in doing that and had to wait until the fire department came and had to cut the section of tree out."

The girl was pronounced dead at the scene.

The boy had minor scrapes and bruises. The father was treated at St. Claire's Hospital in Baraboo and released.