Falling Tree Kills Indiana Horse Trail Guide

An Indiana woman has died from injuries sustained when a falling tree struck her during a guided trail ride in Brown County State Park.

Sgt. Paul Bykowski, spokesman for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Law Enforcement, said that on June 17, 20-year-old Chelsea Ann Lovett was leading a group of riders through the park when a dead tree fell and caught the limb of a second tree. The second tree subsequently struck Lovett, killing her at the scene. No information was immediately available regarding her horse's condition.

A second rider was treated for minor injuries sustained after falling from a horse during the incident, he said.

A Purdue University spokesperson said that Lovett was a student at the university's School of Agriculture's Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. At the time of the incident, Lovett was employed as a trail guide for the park's trail ride concessionaire.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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