Young Siblings Dead After Tree Falls on Golf Cart During Camping Trip

Two young siblings on vacation were killed Saturday after strong winds at their campground led to a tree falling over onto them.

The incident occurred in rural Owen County, Indiana, where an Indianapolis family had been taking a weekend camping trip at the Indian Oaks Campground. The Owen County Sheriff's Office confirmed to WTHR 13 News that they received a call around 2 p.m. Saturday, and it was determined after deputies arrived on the scene that a tree had fallen onto the siblings, a 9-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl, while they were passengers in a golf cart driven by their parents.

Strong winds had been affecting the area that day and it was found that the condition led the tree, dead and rotting, to fall onto the family's golf cart. Medics pronounced both children dead at the scene following attempts at lifesaving measures. The county coroner has declined to release the identities of the siblings at this time, citing the sensitive nature of the case and the standard procedure of not releasing information about minors. Neither of the parents were injured in the incident.

Both children attended the Wayne Township school district on the west side of Indianapolis. Superintendent Dr. Jeff Butts released a statement Saturday on the tragic incident, offering the district's condolences to the grieving family.

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Two young siblings were killed in Indiana on Saturday when strong winds knocked over a dead tree onto them. Above, a representational image of police tape. Larry W. Smith/Getty Images

"Why do certain things happen?" the superintendent wrote in a tweet. "A question we sometimes ask and something we often don't understand. Today we lost two elementary students to a very senseless accident. They and their parents have been added to my prayer list."

Newsweek reached out to the Owen County Sheriff's Office for comment.

Indian Oaks Campground is located in the town of Quincy, roughly 44 miles southwest of Wayne Township. First responders from the Owen County EMS, Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division, Owen County Coroner's Office, Cloverdale Volunteer Fire Department, and Owen County Rescue all assisted in the case, according to WANE News.

This incident in Owen County comes roughly a week after four siblings were killed in a house fire in Fort Wayne, Indiana, according to WLWT News. The children were identified Monday as Matthew Damron, 10; Johnnie Mann-Goff, 5; Jefferson Goff, 3, and Rosalynn Goff, 2. The blaze erupted Thursday at the Dupont Estates Mobile Home Park, with the four children reportedly becoming trapped inside and eventually dying from burns and smoke inhalation.

Four adults were able to escape from the burning structure. The cause of the blaze has yet to be determined.