The husband of a woman killed early Friday by a tree limb while camping at Natural Bridge has been upgraded to serious condition at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.
Brian Carlson, 46, was injured when a large tree limb fell on the tent in which he, his wife Catherine, 45, and their three children were camping. He was taken by ambulance first to Clark County hospital, then transferred to UK, where he had been in critical condition on Friday night. WKYT-TV reported he has a fractured pelvis. Catherine Carlson’s body was taken to Louisville for an autopsy.
Their children were taken to UK hospital to be with their father, according to Powell County Coroner Hondo Hearne.
Hearne said a storm that swept through the Natural Bridge State Park about 3:30 a.m. on Friday with high winds and hail was responsible. 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.
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 non-profit, 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.”