Couple camping in Ocala forest injured after pine tree falls on tent


Published: Sunday, August 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, August 1, 2004 at 12:19 a.m.
OCALA NATIONAL FOREST - A sleeping couple were injured when a 45-foot-tall pine tree fell on their tent early Saturday morning.
The couple, whose names were not released, were camping along the Ocklawaha River when the tree fell on the tent about 3:50 a.m., pinning the woman beneath the tree.
The man crawled from the tent and called 911 using his cellular phone, according to Heather Danenhower, public information officer with Marion County Fire-Rescue.
Rescue workers were able to lift the tree high enough off the woman's legs and lower abdomen to slide her out and place her on a back board.
The 36-year-old woman was airlifted to Shands at the University of Florida with broken bones and possible internal injuries, according to Danenhower. She was in serious but stable condition late Saturday, authorities said. Her companion also suffered possible broken bones. He was taken by ambulance to Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala.
The couple, who arrived in a car with a Jacksonville license tag, entered the park after midnight and drove to a wooded area with primitive camping, according to the manager of the nearby Colby RV park.
"There were no storms, no gusts of wind," Danenhower said. "It appears to be a fluke, just a very bizarre accident."

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