Girl struck by falling tree near Snoqualmie Pass

SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. - A 10-year-old girl escaped with only a few bumps and bruises Saturday when she was struck by a falling tree along a trail near Snoqualmie Pass, officials said.

Emergency crews responded to the scene, about 1 1/2 miles up from the Annette Lake trailhead off Interstate 90, at about 8:45 a.m. after receiving a report that a tree had fallen on a child.

Witnesses said the girl was hiking up the trail with her family when they heard a loud cracking sound and someone yelled, "Run!" The 10-year-old girl turned to run but the tree struck her.

Teams from Snoqualmie Fire and Rescue along with King County Search and Rescue reached the girl and brought her back down the trail. She then was taken to Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, complaining of neck and back pain.

Doctors checked her out and found only some bumps and bruises. She was treated and released.

Emergency responders said the tree that fell was a long-dead one that had two growths. One growth, about 25 feet long and 2 1/2 feet wide, toppled over and fell. The tree shattered when it fell on the young girl.

The Annette Lake trailhead is located off Interstate 90 just west of Snoqualmie Pass.