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Teen killed by falling tree at campground near Sooke

Last Updated Jun 19, 2019 at 9:00 pm PDT

Camp Barnard near Sooke. (Source: Camp Barnard, Facebook)

One teen has been killed and a second teen injured by a falling tree at a campground near Sooke

One person was transported to hospital with critical injuries in stable condition

The school district is offering counselling for students and staff

SOOKE (NEWS 1130) —  A teenage boy has been killed, and a second teen injured by a falling tree at a campground near Sooke.

Two teenage students from Lansdowne Middle School in Victoria were on a field trip at Camp Barnard when a tree fell on top of them. One is in critical but stable condition and was taken to hospital.

Three paramedic crews and an air ambulance responded to calls that a teen was trapped by a fallen tree around 3 p.m.

School district Superintendent Shelley Green confirmed the death in a statement.

“It is with deep regret that we inform you about a recent loss to our learning community. This afternoon a student from Lansdowne Middle School died suddenly on a school field trip. This loss may raise certain emotions, concerns, and questions from our entire school district, especially our students,” she writes.

“We are saddened by the loss to our school community, and will make every effort to support you and your child as you need.”

The district has deployed a response team to help families, staff and students who are affected. The school will also have counselors available for students and staff.

– With files from Jonathan Szekeres, Bruce Claggett