SAN FRANCISCO — An 18-year-old who was injured when a tree top fell at a summer camp and killed a counselor near Yosemite National Park said Thursday that she was inches from being crushed.
Lizzie Moore said from her hospital room that she looked up and saw the tree coming down on Wednesday morning and had just enough time to move away.
Moore was pinned by a branch and suffered five broken ribs and a fractured elbow and vertebrae. She was knocked unconscious and does not recall much of what happened afterward at the camp.
The falling tree top killed 21-year-old art counselor Annais Rittenberg and injured Moore and three others. Officials say they do not know what caused the tree top to fall. No children at the camp were hurt.
Staff members at the camp were having breakfast outdoors when they felt what the parent of one counselor described as an earthquake.