- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a girl has died after a brick pillar collapsed onto a hammock she and her sister were sharing at their home in Des Moines.

The accident occurred a little before noon Saturday. The Des Moines Register reports (https://dmreg.co/1Yyflo0 ) that one end of the hammock was tied to a tree, the other end to an unreinforced pillar of bricks. The girl’s 16-year-old sister told police she was on the hammock when her younger sister jumped in, causing the pillar to collapse and bricks to strike the younger girl’s head.

Police say the girl died later at a hospital. Police say the girl was the age of an eighth-grader.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com


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