LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – A death near Yosemite struck Camp Tawonga in Groveland today July 3, 2013. The Camp Tawonga crash scene today is being described as a “mass casualty incident”. Officials are quick to clarify that the death did not happen inside Yosemite.
Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Sgt. Jim Oliver tells news that the a tree fell at Camp Tawonga in Groveland today. One person was killed. It remains unknown if the fatality is a child. As many as twenty percents are currently injured. Some of them are believed to be adults
The camp is roughly 160 acres. But it is located Stanislaus National Forest, not in Yosemite, the LA Times reminded news today. Cal Fire is aiding the rescue efforts. Four persons had to be airlifted from the crash scene. Few details about the tree falling have yet to be released to news.
Officials confirm that the injured includes adults. But beyond that, officials were not able to determine the extent of the injuries.
Elsewhere in Yosemite last month, LALATE broke news of the death of Felix Joseph Kiernan. A 28 year old tourist from London, Felix had been walking on the East Buttress of El Capitan in Yosemite when he was killed. There have been a total of two confirmed deaths in Yosemite this year.
Back in 2007, Yosemite posted seven reported deaths by August that year. But in 2011, fourteen people had died in a matter of a few months, breaking new records for Yosemite fatalities.