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Mother Killed In Tree Downing, Daughter Injured

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Salmon River State Forest. Photo from state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection web site.

Salmon River State Forest. Photo from state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection web site.

A mother was killed along the Salmon River in East Hampton’s Salmon River State Forest Monday when a tree fell, causing fatal injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim was 45-year-old Barbara Young of Colchester, who was hiking with her 18-year-old daughter Jessica Surratt and 22-year-old son Kevin Surratt when the incident occurred.

Jessica Surratt was injured as a result of the downed tree, suffering a serious injury to the leg. She was found at the scene and taken to Hartford Hospital.

Young’s son, Kevin Surratt, was not injured.

The incident occurred Monday afternoon at approximately 1:30pm, as Young and her children were walking along the bank of the Salmon River. Several fishermen assisted the situation before Emergency Medical Services arrived.

Dwayne Gardner, spokesperson for the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, told WTIC that the DEEP does its best to maintain trails.

“We obviously maintain our trails as well we can,” Gardner said. “If we know of a tree that is in danger of coming down, we will take it down.  We also inspect for [problem] branches, and we try to take them down when we find them.”

DEEP Environmental Conservation Police, Connecticut State Police, and local police are continuing to investigate the incident.

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