Accident kills director of southwest Indiana youth camp

David Bean
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A tree-clearing accident has killed the director of a southwestern Indiana Christian youth camp.

The Daviess County Sheriff's Department says 60-year-old David Ira-Mitchel Bean died Monday at Camp Illiana, about 50 miles northeast of Evansville.

It says Bean and another camp staffer had cut a large, dead tree at its base and were attempting to pull it down when a rope connecting the tree and a front-end loader snapped, causing the tree to sway and a large limb to fall and strike Bean in the head.

Camp Illiana officials said no campers were in the area at the time of the accident.

The Washington Times-Herald reports that Bean, as director of the camp, had worked with churches and Christian organizations across southern Indiana and other states.

Read the camp's statement about David Bean here.

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