Beetle-kill tree injures Denver-area man |

Beetle-kill tree injures Denver-area man

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SUMMIT COUNTY – A man was injured Saturday after a beetle-kill tree – to which he’d fastened a hammock – fell on him in an area of the forest north of Frisco.

The man was camping with two friends about 4 miles up the Meadow Creek Trail, and the hammock caused the dead tree to fall on the victim, said Jim Koegel, spokesman with Summit County Rescue Group.

Few details were available by press time Saturday night, when by 8:15 p.m. Koegel said rescuers were on their way to the scene.

He said dead lodgepole falls pose a significant enough risk that even hiking through forests of them on a windy day is dangerous.

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