Girl lying in hammock is killed by falling tree


A teen girl was crushed to death Tuesday after a tree collapsed on her while she was lying on a hammock.

Michelle Chalk, 15, of Kentucky, was in the back yard of a friend’s home Tuesday night when she and her friend decided to go hang out in a hammock. The hammock was supported by two trees. One of the trees gave way and came crashing down on her.

Authorities found the teenager dead at the scene. Her friend suffered minor injuries.

It is uncertain what caused the tree to topple over. Police have ruled her death as an accident.

Michelle was supposed to start high school later this month. She was a dancer for the Cincinnati Ballet and was described as a treasured member of the group.

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