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Wed., April 10, 2013, 11:21 a.m.

Idaho family sues USFS

BOISE — An Idaho family has sued the U.S. Forest Service demanding more than $1 million after a large dead tree at a remote campsite fell and injured their young son.

Richard and Melinda Armstrong, of Caldwell, said their family was camping in the Boise National Forest in September 2010 when a gust of wind blew over the dead tree. It fell on their son, resulting in a large laceration, a compound fracture and a puncture wound in his back that impaired his breathing.

The boy, who was 6 at the time, was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Boise.The couple said the Forest Service was negligent because it didn’t remove the tree, which was a hazard.  Read more.

Do you believe the Forest Service was negligent in failing to remove the tree, or is this a risk you take when camping?

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.