Child in critical condition after being hit by falling tree

Becky Vargo • Oct 16, 2018 at 10:53 AM

An 11-year-old Allendale girl was in critical condition at an area hospital after being struck by a falling tree Monday evening.

Emergency crews responded to a home in the 5700 block of Warner Street shortly after 7 p.m. The child had just arrived home with her family, said Sgt. Chris Dill of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. She ran into the front yard to greet a family friend, who was using a chain saw to cut down trees.

As the girl approached the area, a tree being cut fell and struck her in the head, Dill said.

The girl suffered head and internal injuries. She was taken by ambulance to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.


The girl’s name was not released.

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