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Hayden Toups, 13, of Brusly, La., describes how he was struck by a falling tree while camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness with family during Tuesday’s thunderstorms. Toups suffered a broken pelvis and a dislocated left shoulder. (Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com)

Trees fell within inches of their lives: Boundary Waters camper recounts severe storms

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The night was so dark early Tuesday in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness that frantic campers at one site, under assault from falling trees, had only the incessant lightning to light their way.

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Inside one tent, a 13-year-old Louisiana boy was pinned by a 2-foot-diameter tree. It had fallen next to him and reverberated like a tuning fork before rolling on top of him.

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