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5 hurt when wind topples tree at Winfield swim meet

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, July 13, 2012, at 9:40 p.m.
  • Updated Saturday, July 14, 2012, at 9:04 p.m.

Five people were injured Friday afternoon, at least two of them critically, when a large tree toppled onto a group of people attending a swim meet in Winfield.

The Winfield Fire Department said four of the injured were taken to hospitals in Winfield and Wichita after they were struck by pieces of the falling tree.

Fire Capt. Stuart Cassaboom said the it appeared that the trunk of the tree snapped about 6 feet above the ground when it was hit by a strong gust of wind as a front moved through the area at about 4:30 p.m.

He said four of the five victims were adults, and one did not require hospital treatment.

All of the victims were at the Winfield Aquatic Center attending the Great Plains Swim League Finals, which attracts swim teams from around the region.

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