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Camp counselor dies in fallen tree accident

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Twenty-one-year-old environmental studies student Annais Rittenberg was killed when a large oak tree crushed her while in Camp Tawonga, a Jewish summer camp popular with San Francisco Bay area families, near Yosemite National Park. The accident occurred on July 3.

Four other camp staff sustained injuries due to the crash, but no children were harmed.

Authorities said due to the proximity of power lines to the tree, it was Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s responsibility to conduct inspections of the tree. However, Tuolumne County sheriff’s spokesman Sergeant Jim Oliver said PG&E had already inspected the tree. The company plans to cooperate with authorities in the investigation.

Rittenberg had been a college DJ and had taken the position of world music director at University of California Santa Cruz’s radio station, station manager Alec Howard told The Associated Press.