August 9, 2008
Flash Flood Kills One, Leaves 2 Clinging to Tree
ASHLAND, N.H. (AP) -- A flash flood roared through a central New Hampshire campground, sweeping a Rhode Island family's SUV downstream, killing a 7-year-old girl, and leaving her mother and 5- year-old brother clinging for life to a tree until they were rescued, authorities said.
The flood Thursday evening at the Ames Brook Campground followed a powerful storm that dumped several inches of rain on parts of the state.Witnesses said the girl's father had left the vehicle when it was swept into the current at about 6 p.m., said Chris Harris, who led the rescue team that took the girl's mother and brother to safety.
The man's wife and son managed to escape the SUV and grab a tree, but the daughter was trapped inside, authorities said. Authorities found the girl's body in the crumpled SUV after the water receded.
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