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Bicyclist Killed By Falling Tree

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

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On July 3rd, park visitor Neil Reich from Forest Hills, New York, was riding his bike on a multi-day trip on the canal tow path from Harpers Ferry to Washington D.C. An afternoon storm hit the area with strong winds causing numerous trees to shear and fall in that section of the park. While he was biking through the event near Mile Post 33, a tree fell and struck him in his head area. Emergency services workers needed to cut trees that were blocking the tow path to reach him. A passing visitor had started CPR on him, but he was pronounced dead upon the arrival of the emergency squad. Ranger Brad Sones investigated the incident.



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