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Falling Tree Chain Reaction Kills Brown County Park Guide

A series of two falling trees is responsible for the death of a trail guide at Brown County State Park.

Brown County State Park Sign

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Officials say the first falling tree did not kill Chelsea Lovett, but hit a second tree which did take her life.

A woman is dead after she was hit by a falling tree while on a horseback ride in Brown County State Park Sunday.

Officials with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources say Chelsea Lovett, 20, of Granger had just begun a ride around 12:30 Sunday when a bizarre set of circumstances took her life.

A dead tree fell, striking a second tree, which fell in turn and struck Lovett, who was working as a trail guide at the park.  She was pronounced dead at the scene, while a second person was transported to a Bloomington hospital after being thrown from a horse that became spooked during the incident.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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