A Lexington woman was killed and her husband was critically injured when a large tree limb fell on their tent early Friday morning during a storm near Natural Bridge State Park.
Catherine Carlson, 45, died about 3:30 a.m. at Middle Fork Campground at Natural Bridge, Powell County Coroner Hondo Hearne said.
Her husband, Brian Carlson, 46, was in critical condition at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. He was taken there after being treated at a Clark County hospital, Hearne said.
Three children who also were in the tent were taken to the UK hospital by police, presumably to be with their father, Hearne said. The children reportedly were not injured. Fayette County schools are on spring break this week.
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Hearne blamed Carlson's death on high winds and hail that struck the campground and other areas overnight in Powell County.
Shortly after the limb fell, the campground where the family was staying was evacuated because of flash flooding, said Gil Lawson, a spokesman for the state Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. The campground is near a stream, and about 15 campsites were occupied when the flood hit, he said.
"There were more people than that, but there were 15 sites that were occupied," Lawson said. "That's how many we had to evacuate."
Carlson's body was taken to Louisville on Friday for an autopsy. Catherine Carlson was a teacher at the Beaumont Learning Center on Lane Allen Road, said the Rev. Susan Warren, pastor of Beaumont Presbyterian Church. The Learning Center is a Christian preschool associated with the church.
Carlson also was a past board president of the Fayette Cooperating PreSchool and Kindergarten, a nonprofit, independent school. Mary Brenzel, the school's director, posted this statement Friday on the school's Facebook page:
"My heart is heavy with sad news for our co-op family. Cathy Carlson, former co-op parent and past president of our board, was killed in a camping accident. Those who knew Cathy will miss her gentle spirit, her wit and her kindness."