LOYSVILLE, Pa. – A 13-foot totem pole fell and struck a boy on the first day of Boy Scout camp, killing the 9-year-old, police said Monday.
Tyler O. Shope, of Shermans Dale, died of head and chest injuries Sunday afternoon, Perry County Coroner Michael Shalonis said.
The boy's parents were nearby when the pole fell, and his father helped lift it off him, Shalonis said. No one else was injured.
Campers were arriving at the Hidden Valley Boy Scout Camp near Loysville, about 25 miles northwest of Harrisburg, for a week of camping, police said.
The boy was waiting outside the camp's health lodge to have his health records reviewed at the time of the accident, officials said.